King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) has been ranked 94th on a list of the 100 top universities established less than 50 years ago. The ranking was published in the Higher Education Supplement of the Times newspaper.
KFUPM and an Egyptian university were the only two Arab universities on the list. Other universities in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil and Malaysia made the list along with the majority of Western universities.
“The university aims to achieve the highest standards of scientific quality,” said Dr. Omar Suwailem, dean of the engineering department at KFUPM. The university seeks to keep up with new developments in higher education and research, he added. He said the ranking was not the goal of the university. “Our main goal is to improve outputs of graduates, to be highly skilled and competitive leaders,” he said.
Former coordinator of the World Bank’s tertiary education program, Jamil Salmi, wrote an article in the Times supplement, saying Saudi Arabia needs world class universities to improve education.
King Abdul Aziz University has achieved similar success. It was also mentioned among top international universities in the 2012-2013 rankings developed by Thomson Reuters and the Times newspaper.