Israel’s leading universities dropped in global ranking according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities released on Friday.
The ARWU is largely considered one of the most objective and most important ranking of the world’s leading universities. Since 2003, the annual report, conducted by researchers at the Center for World- Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, publishes the world’s top 500 universities from more than 1,200 ranked.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the highest-ranking academic institution in Israel, designated 70th globally, an 11-point drop from a ranking of 59 on the world scale in 2013.
“We are proud and gratified that once again the Hebrew University has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 leading universities. Since these rankings were first launched in 2003, the Hebrew University has consistently been ranked among the world’s best,” Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the university, said on Friday.
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology followed with a rank of second in Israel and 78th globally, tied with the University of Florida in the United States and Stockholm University in Sweden. Last year the institution was ranked in 77th place, a spot now held by Leiden University of the Netherlands.
Weizmann Institute of Science ranked third in Israel and between the top 101-150 universities worldwide, down from a ranking of 92 last year. Tel Aviv University placed fourth in Israel and ranked in the top 151-200 world universities, down from the top 101-150 in 2013.
Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev were tied with a ranking of 5th and 6th in Israel and a global ranking in the top 401-500 universities, down from a ranking of 301-400 in 2013. The University of Haifa, ranked 7th in Israel and in the top 401-500 last year, did not make the list in 2014.
According to the ARWU’s website, its ranking is based on third-party data and six objective indicators, including the “number of alumni and staff wining Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.”
The top-ranked universities in the world remained unchanged from last year, with the US institutions Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of California - Berkeley placing in the top four respectively and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom closing out the top five.