Universities in Saudi Arabia dominate the upper echelons of a new university ranking that looks at the top institutions in the Arab World. Times Higher Education has published its 2017 Arab World university ranking this week, and Saudi institutions – namely King Abdulaziz University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and King Saud University – claim a clean sweep of the top three places.
The most illustrious universities in the world have been the same for decades. Centuries even. Oxford has been around for 900 years, Cambridge for 700; and some say the prestigious Ivy League is so-called because it refers to the old, leaf-covered institutions of the United States.