2016 tables: Institutions

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 92.29 224
2 King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia 18.44 221
3 King Saud University (KSU), Saudi Arabia 6.47 51
4 King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia 2.13 26
5 King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Saudi Arabia 1.71 17
6 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia 1.04 11
7 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Saudi Arabia 0.83 5
8 Taibah University, Saudi Arabia 0.49 2
9 Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia 0.43 6
10 University of Hail (UOH), Saudi Arabia 0.33 1
11 First National Operation and Maintenance Company Ltd. (NOMAC), Saudi Arabia 0.25 1
12 Al-Baha University, Saudi Arabia 0.20 1
13 Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia 0.17 2
14 University of Tabuk (UT), Saudi Arabia 0.16 12
15 Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Saudi Arabia 0.14 1
16 King Saud Medical City (KSMC), Saudi Arabia 0.13 1
17 King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH), Saudi Arabia 0.09 3
18 Najran University, Saudi Arabia 0.09 1
19 Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), Saudi Arabia 0.06 1
19 University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 0.06 1
20 Qassim University (QU), Saudi Arabia 0.05 1
21 King Fahad Medical City (KFMC), Saudi Arabia 0.05 1
22 Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNG-HA), Saudi Arabia 0.03 3
23 Jazan University, Saudi Arabia 0.02 7


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