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The 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai Rankings, were unveiled in August and listed King Saud University (KSU) among as one of the top 400 universities in the world.
KSU Vice Rector for Development and Quality Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh expressed his great satisfaction on the historic progress, attributing it, in large part, to the unwavering support of Saudi King Abdullah and the Royal Family.
Saudi Arabian universities have made remarkable gains in the ARWU, which announces new rankings annually, with King Saud University arguably establishing itself as the Kingdom’s premier institute of higher education. Not only did ARWU rank KSU highest in Saudi Arabia, but the top university in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals was ranked in the grouping just below King Saud.
King Saud University, founded in 1957, is one of the newest institutions listed among the Shanghai Ranking’s elite institutes of higher education.
The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy annually selects the world’s top 500 universities, selecting them from a list of approximately 1,200 institutions. Harvard, an American University from the prestigious Ivy League, was the No. 1 selection for the eighth consecutive year.
Six criteria are used to establish the Shanghai rankings, with major emphasis on a university’s number of Nobel laureates, research achievements, published materials, and per-capita academic excellence among students. The Shanghai listing survey is deemed to be one of the world’s two most prestigious in the world, rated alongside England’s Times Higher Education World Rankings.
In just a few years, KSU has successfully developed and implemented a plan to improve its global visibility and standing through systematic change and fostering cooperation with prestigious international universities and international research organizations. In addition, KSU has effectively urged its faculty to increase academic and scientific publishing and host international conferences on various academic and scientific fields.
Dr. Al-Sheikh noted that ranking organizations such as the ARWU have helped guide this strategic plan, and with quality as the cornerstone for any educational institution of excellence, and his Rectorate for Development and Quality will continue to improve King Saud Universities curriculum development, scientific research, educational programs and services to the academic community vis-à-vis international educational institutions and standards.
More than 1000 universities are ranked annually by the ARWU, in which a score of 100 is assigned to the highest scoring university based on various indicators, such as award-winning alumni and faculty, distinguished researchers, academic papers published by faculty and students and per capita academic performance of an institution.
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