Students listening to a lecture at an Israeli university.
(photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)
For the first time, three Israeli universities have been ranked among the
world’s top 100 academic institutions, according to the authoritative 2012
Academic Ranking of World Universities released today. The ranking is conducted
annually by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and is called
the Shanghai Ranking.
It is considered the most reliable of all world
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked
53rd-best university in the world. The listing includes the top 500 from among
more than 1,000 universities evaluated around the world.
highest rating since the rankings were introduced in 2003, the HU moved up four
spots from its 57th place showing last year.
Institute of Technology in Haifa ranked 78th best, and the Weizmann Institute of
Science in Rehovot was ranked in 93rd place.
A total of six Israeli
institutions were among the top 500, with Tel Aviv University ranked among the
101 to 150 best, and Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan and Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev in Beersheba ranked among the 301 to 400 best.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in commenting on the Shanghai Ranking, stated that
“this proves that the government’s unprecedented investment in Israeli academia
brings results. We are investing NIS 7 billion in the universities in a
multiyear program, in centers of excellence and in bringing back Israeli
academics who left the country.”
Netanyahu added that “our efforts have
been fruitful. I am especially happy over the high ranking of Israeli
institutions of higher learning in computer sciences, with four of them among
the leading 30 institutions in the world.
That’s another sign that Israel
continues to establish itself as a world hi-tech power.”
minister said that “the government I head will continue to invest in education –
from kindergartens through higher education.”
Topping the list were the
US universities of Harvard, Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of
The Hebrew University tied with the top German institution
(Technical University Munich) at number 53. It also came out ahead of the US Ivy
League’s Brown University, McGill University (traditionally referred to as “the
Harvard of Canada”), the London School of Economics and Political Science, The
Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and other prestigious institutions.
addition to the general ranking, universities were also ranked according to
individual academic subjects and fields of study. In academic subjects, the
Hebrew University was ranked 16th in the world in mathematics, 27th in computer
science, in the top 51 to 75 in physics and in the top 101 to 150 in economics
The Hebrew University was also ranked 38th in the world in
the natural sciences and mathematics, in the top 51 to 75 in the social
sciences, in the top 101 to 150 in clinical medicine and pharmacy and in the top
101 to 150 in life and agriculture sciences.
Hebrew University president
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson said: “I am proud that several of Israel’s research
universities are ranked among the world’s top achievers in this important
international ranking, and that once again the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
has been ranked the leader in Israel. [Its] mission is to be the leading
research institution in Israel and among the leaders worldwide, and our upward
trend attests that the university’s academic community is meeting this challenge
despite the financial difficulties it faces,” Ben-Sasson said.
that the university continues be so highly ranked is a testament to their hard
work and continued striving for excellence, and I am proud to head an
institution that has such values.
Our ambition is to see HU recognized
among the top universities in the world, but this depends greatly on the
continued flow of funds to the higher education system and investment in
research universities in Israel,” he said.
The Technion was proud at its
jump to 29th in the world in chemistry, 42nd in engineering and 18th in computer
sciences. The Haifa institution was ahead of all European universities in these
Only last year, the Technion had a general ranking of between the
101 to 150 best universities. In the natural sciences, it rose from 51 to 75 to
the very respectable place of 39. In the past year Technion Prof. Dan Shechtman
received a Nobel Prize in chemistry.
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