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Performance of Saudi Universities in Global Rankings and appropriate strategies for its improvement
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Saudi universities are utilizing various university ranking systems to publicize their academic and research performance to the students and their parents. This study aimed to describe the ranking position of top ten Saudi universities across Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings based on the ranking results established in 2019. Based on results, the leading position observed among such universities were King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) in QS and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in THE. This study is not only provided an analysis of rankings of top ten Saudi universities; but also highlighted the key areas such as reputation, teaching quality, research/citations, internationalization, and industry income where, Saudi universities need to concentrate in order to succeed in these rankings systems. Further, this study also suggested appropriate strategies that would aid Saudi universities to enhance their performance to improve their ranking position.
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