Saudi Arabia continues to be amazingly ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.
According to the Web of Science database of the Web of Science, Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th across the World for its COVID-19 university studies, rising from its preceding seventeenth ranking. Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, attaching excellent significance to research and innovation, and assisting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to emerge as globally competitive. He stated that this fulfilment was a continuation of the Kingdom’s efforts in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to dealing with crises. Al-Sheikh stated that Saudi universities had posted 84 per cent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the pandemic outbreak.
He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers and the college members and researchers who had been serving their community. Al-Sheikh stated that this fulfilment reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to arrange events that enhanced Saudi universities, research centres, researchers and academics in assisting medical research during the pandemic. This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to enhance the performance of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing approaches to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research competencies of the workforce of universities and research centres by locating medical solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.