Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz university has been rated the top university in the Gulf, according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings for 2013-13.
The university, which was founded in 1967 and is home to around 46,000 students, specializes in scientific undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Annual research funding has now reached $70 million.
The Times Higher Education Rankings is the world’s largest academic reputation survey, with 2012’s study featuring nearly 17,000 institutes.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals came in 62nd in Asia, followed by King Saud University at 77th and the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain at 86th.
“It is an exciting time for higher education in Saudi Arabia and this prestigious list shows that the country’s institutions are firmly established among the best in the Asian continent and are very close to the highest world standards,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, in a statement.
He added that “the signs are encouraging: investment in higher education in the region and the political drive to ensure that the country is at the forefront of new knowledge are promising signs.”