CAIRO - 18 August 2022: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, reviewed a report on the inclusion of 7 Egyptian universities in the Shanghai Chinese General Classification (ARWU), for the year 2022, compared to the inclusion of six universities last year 2021.
Dr. Adel Abdel Ghaffar, media advisor and official spokesperson for the ministry, said that the list of Egyptian universities listed in the Shanghai classification witnessed progress this year, with an increase from last year, as Cairo University topped the first place at the level of Egyptian universities.
Cairo University ranked (301-400) globally, advancing by 100 places from last year, followed by Alexandria University in the 501-600 position, advancing by 100 places from last year, then Mansoura University in the position (601-700), advancing by 100 positions, followed by Ain Shams University in the (701-800) rank, Al-Azhar University in the (801-900) rank, ahead of 100 places from last year, and Zagazig University in the (801-900) rank, and Kafr El-Sheikh University ranked (901-1000) which was listed for the first time this year.
The official spokesman indicated that Cairo University ranked first at the level of Egyptian universities in the graduate performance index, with 17.7 points, followed by Alexandria University with 11.9 points. There were (6) faculty members in the list of the world's most cited scientists in 2021 from the universities of Mansoura, Kafr El-Sheikh, Beni Suef, Alexandria, and the Suez Canal, in addition to the National Research Center.
The official spokesman added that with regard to the scientific publication index, Cairo University ranked first locally with 42.5 points, then Mansoura University 32.8 points, Ain Shams University 32 points, Alexandria University 30.8 points, Al-Azhar University 30.5 points, Zagazig University 30.3 points, and finally Kafr El-Sheikh University 22.2 Point.
In the latest performance indicator in the classification, which is "the academic performance of the individual at the university", Cairo University came first in this indicator, with a number of points amounting to 18.5 points, then Mansoura University 14 points, then Alexandria University 13.7 points, then Ain Shams University 13.4 points Al-Azhar University 12.7 points, Zagazig University 12.6 points, and Kafr El-Sheikh University 9.7 points.
The spokesperson explained that the Chinese Academic Ranking of World Universities "Shanghai" (ARWU) was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU) and the Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai University in China, and it was updated on annual basis since 2009, ranking among the top 2,500 universities worldwide.
It is meant to publish the best thousand universities, noting that the classification depends on six objective indicators: the number of university graduates who won the Nobel Prize (10%), the number of faculty members who won the Nobel Prize and the field medal in mathematics (20%), and the number of scientists with High citations (20%), number of papers published in Nature and Science (20%), number of papers indexed in the Science Citation Index (20%), and individual academic performance at the university (10%).
The official spokesperson added that this success of Egyptian universities in international rankings is "due to the insistence of the university education system in Egypt to implement the president’s mandates to raise the ranking of Egyptian universities in the international classification of universities, and the remarkable progress in the implementation of the higher education plan and scientific research as part of the state’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development."