The methodology for the QS University Rankings: Arab Region differs from the global ranking, using different indicators and changing the weighting of existing indicators. The research excellence element, that exist in all of our regional rankings, is based on data from Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature.
QS has undertaken extensive consultation 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 edition is based on nine criteria. It is planned to add a tenth factor – Arabic language papers per faculty – as a standalone criterion, but QS is still working with partners to be able to verify the accuracy of this measure, from available sources.
If your university has been ranked in the 2016 year’s edition of the QS University Rankings: Arab Region, you can also download the badges for your marketing materials here.