Students at Hebrew University.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked 67th among the world’s 500 top universities, according to the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, an independent organization providing information on higher education.
The organization annually evaluates over 1,200 institutions of higher education as part of its Academic Ranking of World Universities. Its latest results were published on Saturday.
Hebrew University, which has consistently been in the top 100 since the Shanghai Rankings began in 2003, is also ranked first among Israeli universities and third among Asian universities. Last year it was ranked 70th worldwide; it was given 94th place in 2003.
The ranking system uses six indicators to evaluate world universities: the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel or other prizes; the number of researchers cited by Thomson Reuters; the number of articles published in journals of nature or science; the number of articles appearing in the Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index; and the per capita performance of a university.
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology also made the list, ranking 77th overall. In addition, it ranked 18th in the field of computer sciences for the third consecutive year.
The Technion is one of only four non- US universities among the world’s top 20 in computer sciences. It ranked 44th in engineering/technology, the only Israeli university to place in the top 50 in this category.
“The Shanghai ranking is recognized as the leading academic ranking of world universities, and it continues to acknowledge Israeli scientific achievements, and Technion in particular,” stated Prof. Peretz Lavie, the university’s president. “I am very pleased at Technion’s standing among the world’s elite universities in engineering, and especially in the field of computer science.”
Topping this year’s rankings were Harvard University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology