The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked first in Israel and 59th globally, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities released Thursday.

ARWU ranks the world’s top 500 universities, placing Hebrew University in the top three in Asia and 11th among universities where English is not the primary language.

The Hebrew University is 17th in number of alumni who have Nobel Prizes or Fields Medals and 39th in the number of faculty who won the awards.

Since ARWU started publishing annual rankings in 2003, the Hebrew University has been Israel’s top university and among the world’s top 100.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is ranked 77th this year and the Weizmann Institute of Science is 92nd worldwide. Tel Aviv University is among the 101-150 best, Bar- Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University are in the 301-400 best and University of Haifa is among the 401-500 best.

“I’m proud to see the prominent positions of Israeli research universities in these important international rankings, and I’m pleased that once again Hebrew University has been recognized as Israel’s leading university,” Hebrew University president Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson said.

“The fact that the Hebrew University continues to achieve such high rankings is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and the university community and their continuing quest for uncompromising academic and research excellence,” he said.

The top-ranked universities are Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge.

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