Kuwait University among ranked from Muslim states

(MENAFN- Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: Some years back only seven universities from the Islamic world were listed in the top 500 world universities. However, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 (for 2016- 2017), ninety-six universities from Muslim countries have been listed amongst the top 1,102 universities of the world.

This is definitely a positive sign towards the need of higher learning in the Islamic World although universities of only 18 Muslim countries could find places in the list. Of the 96 listed universities, one each is from Kuwait (the Kuwait University), Qatar and Oman, four from the UAE, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 5.

The others are one each from Lebanon, Nigeria and Bangladesh, two each from Tunisia and Algeria, three each from Jordan and Morocco, four from Indonesia, nine each from Egypt and Malaysia, Pakistan 10, Iran 18 and Turkey 22.

A redeeming feature in the rankings is the fact that in forty-one universities, female students are higher in numbers than male students. Eleven universities have more than 65:35 female: male ratio. The Kuwait University (37,752 students) has a ratio of 72:28; Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (22,257 students) of Saudi Arabia having the highest ratio of 81:19. This is followed by the United Arab Emirates University (7,492 students) 79:21, and the Qatar University (13,342 students) 73:27. This is a great leap forward for the women emancipation in the Islamic societies.

The inclusion of 96 universities from Muslim countries in the top 1,102 world universities is a clear sign that Muslims all over the world have started to understand that without modern knowledge and higher literacy Ummah cannot face the challenges of fast changing times.

There is no doubt the economic strength of oil producing Muslim countries is main factor for the present trend of greater emphasis in academic pursuit. Listed in the World Ranking of 601- 800 Universities from Islamic countries (Legend: S-Number of Students; GGender Difference (Female:Male) the Kuwait University is in 14th position with the following reading — S-37,752; G-72:28; the American University of Sharjah, UAE in second position with S-5,778; G-49:51.

In the World Ranking of 201-250 ranked number one is King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia; S-31,554; G-54:46; followed by Khalifa University, UAE; S-3,134; G-46:54 in second position; in the World Ranking of 401-500, Qatar University, Qatar is in fourth position S-13,342; G-73:27. In the World Ranking of 501-600 in the first position is Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia; S-1,891; G-56:44; in third position is King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, S. Arabia; S-6,471; G-0:100 followed by the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in fourth position; S-34,489; N/A and the United Arab Emirates University, UAE; S-7,492; G-79:21 in sixth.

In the World Ranking of 801-1000 the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia; S-22,257, G-81:19 is in eighth position, followed by the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; S-13,300; G-65:35 in the 24 position and Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; S-7, 162; G-50:50 in the 28th.

The others are as follows:

World Ranking of 301-350

1. Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran; S-4,749; G-32:68 3. Koc University, Turkey; S-5,172; G-52:48

World Ranking of 351-400

1. University of Malaya, Malaysia; S-21,990; G-66:34

2. Sabanci University, Turkey; S-3,247; G-41:59

World Ranking of 401-500

1. Bilkent University, Turkey; S-10,007; G-45:55

2. Bogaziçi University, Turkey; S-11,967; G-49:51

3. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan; S-23,103; G-57:43

5. Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan; S-13,559; G-57:43

World Ranking of 501-600

2. American University of Beirut, Lebanon; S-8,045; G-51:49 5. University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia; S-18,642; G-52:48

World Ranking of 601-800

1. American University in Cairo, Egypt; S-6,093; G-54:46

3. Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran; S-12,815; G-34:66

4. Atilim University, Turkey; S-7,100; G- 43:57

5. Beni-Suef University, Egypt; S-69,962; G-43:57

6. COMSATS Institute of IT, Pakistan; S-30,126; G-24:76

7. Gebze Technical University, Turkey; S-5,781; G-34:66

8. Hacettepe University, Turkey; S-39,181; G-57:43

9. Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran; S-13, 206; G-30:70

10. Isfahan University of Technology, Iran; S-9,323; G-42:58

11. Istanbul Technical University, Turkey; S-36,061; G-34:66

12. University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia; S-19,353; G-70:30

13. K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran; S-7,079; G-33:67

15. Middle East Technical University, Turkey; S-26,739; G-44:56

16. National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan; S-10,373; G-33:67

17. University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia; S-25,929; G-44:56

18. University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia; S-25,975; G- 63:37

19. Sharif University of Technology, Iran; S-11,228; G-26:74

20. University of Tabriz, Iran; S-22,421; G-51:49

21. University of Tehran, Iran; S-59,457; G-43:57

22. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran; S-12,668; G-60:40

23. University Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia; S-18,214; G-52:48

24. University Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia; S-5,875; G-34:66

World Ranking of 801-1000

1. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; S-19,736; G-41:59 2. Ain Shams University, Egypt; S-131,200; G-61:39 3. Akdeniz University, Turkey; S-33,904; G-45:55

4. Alexandria University, Egypt; S-166,350; G-53:47

5. Assiut University, Egypt; S-60,170; G-41:59

6. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia; S-16,786; G-40:60

7. Cairo University, Egypt; S-252,095; G-48:52

9. Erciyes University, Turkey; S-35,263; G -47:53

10. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran; S-23,211;G -57:43

11. Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; S-42,398; G-53:47

12. University of Guilan, Iran; S-16,946; G -55:45

13. University of Ibadan, Nigeria; S-26,783; G -47:53

14. University of Indonesia, Indonesia; S-42,854; G-59:41

15. University of Isfahan, Iran; S-12,473; G-59:41

16. Istanbul University, Turkey; S-96,144; G-48:52

17. Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey; S-4, 211 G-46:54

18. University of Jordan, Jordan; S-31,278; G-65:35

19. Mansoura University, Egypt; S-109,714; G-54:46

20. Marmara University, Turkey; S-78,666; G-49:51

21. University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad, Morocco; S-76,560; G-42:58

22. Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco; S-71,147; G-53:47

23. Shahid Beheshti University, Iran; S-17,113; G-52:48

25. Shiraz University, Iran; S-12, 87; G-49:51 26. South Valley University, Egypt;S-52, 09; G-50:50 27. Suez Canal University, Egypt; S-33, 84; G-58:42 29. Universiti Tenaga National (UNITEN), Malaysia, S-8, 231; G-41:59

By Dr M.I.H. Farooqi


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