The QS World University Rankings for 2012 included two Lebanese universities among 700 ranked universities worldwide. The list ranked the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 250th place globally and in third place among 24 Arab universities included in the rankings. AUB came in 300th place in the 2011 survey and in 341st place on the 2010 list. Also, the survey ranked Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ) within the 501-550 range globally and in 14th place among Arab universities. USJ's ranks fell in the 551-600 range in the 2011 list, and above 601st place in the 2010 list.
AUB received a score of 42.2 points compared to an average of 40 points for the top six universities in the region. The top two Arab universities are King Saud University which ranked in 197th place globally and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (208th); while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked first worldwide and received a score of 96.5 points.
The rankings are based on a weighted average of six factors that are academic reputation with a 40% weight, faculty-to-student ratio and citations per faculty with 20% each, employer reputation with 10%, and international faculty ratio and international student ratio with 5% each. QS World University Rankings is prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds since 2004, a company specializing in education and study-abroad programs.
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