QS have launched a pilot ranking of Arab Region universities today.
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with university leaders in the region to identify a suitable methodology – over 100 academics attended a QS methodology fact finding meeting in Abu Dhabi in May 2014. This first, pilot edition is based on the nine criteria – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Faculty Student Ratio, International Faculty, International Students, Staff with PhD, Web Impact, Papers per Faculty and Citations per Paper. Further information on the methodology can be found here.
We are considering adding a tenth indicator in future editions – Arabic language papers per faculty – as a standalone criterion, but are still working with partners to be able to verify the accuracy, reach and robustness of this measure from available sources.
See the results of the 2014 ranking.