Three universities in the Gulf ranked among global top 100 for sustainability

Three universities in the Middle East have been ranked among the world’s top 100 higher education institutions for sustainability.

Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals moved up to a joint 81st position in this year’s Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings, from the 201-300 category in 2023.

Al Ain University in the UAE jumped from the 101-200 category to share the 92nd spot with the University of Bristol in the UK. Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal University moved up to 99 from the 101-200 band last year.

Now, in its sixth year, the study assessed 2,152 universities from 125 countries.

They were measured on their contributions to the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDG), and assessed on their commitment to sustainability across four areas – research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

Universities in the Arab region also showed remarkable progress in sustainability indicators that focused on climate action, gender equality, zero hunger, quality education, and clean water and sanitation, among others.

Al Ain University was placed fifth for gender equality, while Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) in Egypt got the 38th spot for climate action, and Jordan University of Science and Technology came 13th for good health and well-being.If you are in the market for superclone Replica Rolex , Super Clone Rolex is the place to go! The largest collection of fake Rolex watches online!

“It’s humbling to see the immense strides higher education in the Arab region has taken in research, collaboration and teaching to tackle the planet’s most pressing issues,” said Phil Baty, Times Higher Education’s chief global affairs officer.

“There are some real standout achievements from universities in the region, most notably from Saudi Arabia, featuring the highest in seven of the 17 goals and in the top 100 in the overall category.

“Algeria’s 450 per cent increase in representation is extraordinary and we hope this will be a catalyst for many more participating universities in the region too.

“Jordan and Egypt have done particularly well in the individual SDGs as well as having universities in the top 300 overall.”

UAE universities move up the ranks

With a focus on lifelong learning and gender equality, UAE’s top universities have climbed the rankings.

“There are Arab universities among the top 10 for quite a lot of the sustainable development goals because they work on it more comprehensively,” said Ellie Bothwell, global rankings editor at Times Higher Education.

The country’s top two universities – Al Ain University and UAE University – are really strong at SDG four, which is quality education.

Ms Bothwell explained that it “does not measure the quality of education at those universities but focuses on the contribution of universities to early years and lifelong learning”.

“I think it’s interesting that both universities are really strong in quality education and particularly good at lifelong learning and education outreach beyond the campuses, but also in terms of research publications on education.

“They had a high share of graduates with teaching qualifications as well.

“Al Ain University is also particularly strong at gender equality, and is getting stronger at that, particularly when it comes to the share of senior female academics, tracking women’s graduation rates [and] childcare facilities for students and staff.”


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