Sarath Shyam

Western universities, especially in the US, UK, and Canada, have a rich history of offering quality education to students worldwide. However, not everyone can afford the expenses of studying in these elite institutions. The quality of western education at an affordable price is what the universities in the Middle East nations offer to the international students today. Besides, for those who wish to study in a less-traveled destination but still offer many opportunities, there is no better place than the Middle East.

It is true that the global academic community has underestimated the inherent strength of the Middle East in providing quality education and remained unexplored by the international students. However, the region is rich in history, culture, ethnicity, customs, food, philosophical thought, religious teachings, topography, and much more. Academicians consider these factors as invaluable assets that can be utilized to build education at all levels throughout the region. Now, along with public universities, several foreign providers are delivering higher education programs and research in the Middle East. Many of these programs are taught in English and gained global recognition.

According to the 2021 edition of QS Arab Region University Rankings, the five top universities in the Arab countries are: King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia), the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Qatar University (Qatar), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia) and United Arab Emirates University (United Arab Emirates). Other Middle Eastern countries boasting universities within the Arab region’s top 100 include Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, and Iraq.

To give our readers more understanding of the Middle East Higher Education System, we have come up with a special issue featuring ‘10 Must-Watch Universities and Colleges in the Middle East’ that are emerging as the key players in the Middle East’s Higher Education Sector. We hope our efforts will help you make informed decisions on your international education pursuit.

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