Egypt Independent

Cairo University jumps 100 spots in rankings of world’s top universities



Cairo University announced that it jumped 100 spots in the rankings of the world’s top universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Cairo University ranked in the 301 to 400 category, a major achievement for Egyptian universities in general and Cairo University specifically, according to Cairo University’s statement.

In previous years, Cairo University ranked among the top 500 universities.

“Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world’s top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the most reliable and trustworthy source of global university rankings. The best 1,000 universities in the world were published already this year,” the university said in a statement.

“ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of Highly Cited Researchers and the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index produced by Web of Science Group, and per capita performance. About 1,800 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year, and the best 1,000 universities are published,” it added.

Mohamed Othman al-Khesht, President of Cairo University, said that the significant progress made by Cairo University is the result of strategic planning and efforts made by the management of the university, its professors and its researchers.

The research system developed and implemented by the University is now proceeding successfully and distinctively, Khesht added.

Khesht pointed out that Cairo University allocated large budgets for scientific research and rewards for researchers in addition to promoting internal competition between colleges for scientific research.

The university collaborated with international scientific magazines such as JAR magazine, which ranked fifth globally after Nature and Science magazines, according to the latest classification of the most influential journals.

It contributed as well to the first international journal on humanities and social sciences, which was published in collaboration with the British Emerald, he said.

The highest-ranked Egyptian universities following Cairo University in the same classification came 400 ranks later, namely Ain Shams and Alexandria universities, ranking in the 701 to 800 category.

Mansoura University ranked in the 801 to 900 category, and Zagazig University in the category 900 to 1,000.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm