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King Saud University’s arts and humanities program has been ranked first in the Arab and Islamic world by the 2010 British QS World University Rankings. The “QS” is an annual list of the world’s top 500 universities, as developed by Quacquarelli Symonds in 2003 and first published in 2004.
Dr. Fahad M. Alkolibi, Dean of the College of Arts at King Saud University said that the 2010 QS Rankings recognize the KSU College of Arts as first among Arab universities, fourth among Islamic universities, 101st internationally and 233rd worldwide in the social sciences.
Among the factors weighed in determining the QS Rankings are: academic peer review, employer review by a global survey of employers, citations per faculty member, student/faculty ratio, the proportion of international students and the university’s commitment to providing a global education.
Dr. AlKolibi said that the objective was not the ranking in itself but the quality that the ranking implies, and emphasized that KSU must and will continue to rise in these distinguished international indicators.
“With God’s help and with its formidable academic research capabilities, KSU can achieve higher distinction to bring pride to the nation in academics and research,” he said.
Established in 1957 along with the founding of King Saud University, the College of Arts encompasses eight departments: Arabic language and literature, English language and literature, history, geography, mass communication, social studies, library information and the women’s division.