Three Israeli universities are among the 200 world leading academic
institutions according to Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2012-2013 ranking released on
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked 137, dropping
from last year’s 121st place. Tel Aviv University, however, reached number 158,
an improvement from its 2011-2012 ranking at 166th; and the Technion- Israel
Institute of Technology, which did not rank last year, entered the list at No.
THE’s rankings, published in the UK, consider 13 different
performance indicators which are categorized into five groups: teaching,
research, citations, industry income and international outlook.
Levav, the Technion’s spokesman, said while the university appreciates entering
the echelon, it prefers to be measured in terms of science and
“Since the Technion is first and foremost a
science institute, we pay closer attention to Shanghai University’s [Academic
Rankings of World Universities] that takes in consideration factors like
science, research, and academic performance,” he said. In Shanghai’s Academic
Ranking of World Universities, the Technion comes 78th in the top 500, occupying
the 18th place in computer science and 29th in chemistry.
University is proud to be a leading research institution in Israel, as
established in the QS ranking for 2012,” Tamar Rabinowitz, spokeswoman for The
Hebrew University, told The Jerusalem Post in a written statement. She addressed
the descent in the rankings by emphasizing: “This year the university is ranked
among the top 100 according to what we consider the most important index, [the
Academic Rankings of World Universities] which examines the number of citations
our faculty received, which suggests their international
The THE list’s top 10 is composed of seven American
institutions including MIT, Princeton and UC Berkeley as well as three British
ones: Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College in London.
Institute of Technology maintained last year’s first place. Harvard traded spots
with Oxford University and was ranked fourth instead of second as it was last
year. Stanford and Oxford are tied for second place.
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