In late 2014, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) found itself at the center of a widely publicized controversy that exposed the measures some universities are now willing to adopt to climb out of rankings obscurity.
The furor erupted shortly after the release of the 2014 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities. While institutional ratings rise and fall all the time —they are fickle things, after all — eyebrows were soon raised when it became clear just what a spike KAU had enjoyed on the Academic Ranking. For a university that was, as recently as 2011, unranked, KAU suddenly emerged within the category of the world’s top 151 to 200 universities. See More >>