A British weekly has named two Israeli universities among the top 100 in the
world, in its annual ranking of the best universities.
The Times Higher
Education World Top Universities by Reputation 2012 ranked the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem in the 61-70 range and Tel Aviv University in the 81-90
Ankara’s Middle East Technical University was the only other
university in the Middle East to make the list, coming in at the 91-100
This wasn’t the first time that Israeli universities were
recognized by the publication.
The Hebrew University was ranked the 121st
best university in the world and Tel Aviv University the 166th in the
publication’s World University Rankings 2011-2012. On the same list, the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Bar-Ilan University were ranked in
the 201-225 range and 301-350 range respectively.
According to the
weekly, the rankings of universities are determined according to the “overall
measure of their esteem that combines data on their reputation for research and
teaching.” The scores are combined with a 2:1 ratio, with more weight given to
The publication arrives at the scores by calculating the number
of times respondents cite an institution as “the best” in their field of
expertise. Each respondent was able to nominate up to 15 institutions, the Times
Higher Education said.
The reason the Israeli universities are listed in
groups of 10 is because according to the Times Higher Education, “the
differentials between institutions after the top 50 becomes very narrow.”