Fifteen Saudi universities have realized a national achievement through their advancement according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, developing by more than 50% compared with the 2021 ranking when 10 universities progressed on the list.
The ranking results showed the progress of 11 Saudi universities compared to their ranking last year, where King Abdulaziz University ranked 190th, while King Saud University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals ranked 351st.
The rankings, for the first time, saw the entry of the University of Hail among the best 400 universities and the University of Tabuk among the best 500 universities. Ranking indicators showed that Saudi Arabia, with its modern system of research and innovation, is considered the first at the global level in terms of improvement of citation of research outcomes with 35%. This reflected positively on the ranking of Saudi universities and contributed to a big improvement in their rankings.
The increase in research publications of Saudi universities and the development of their quality and influence over the past few years are considered among the most important factors that led to realizing these achievements.