Computer technology keyboard 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters/Catherine Benson)
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has been ranked an
impressive 15th among 500 universities around the world in computer studies, it
was announced on Wednesday.
In addition, it was given 42nd place among 75
in engineering and technology.
Both rankings were accorded by the Center
for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which has
measured the performance of top universities worldwide for the last nine
The listings can be viewed at
Harvard led the general university list, while
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the engineering and technology
ranking. The Technion also placed 42nd on a list of universities in the fields
of mathematics, life sciences and chemistry.
The Shanghai lists are based
on objective criteria and much data including the number of Nobel Prize
laureates among their staff and graduates, the number of scientific papers
published in leading journals and other accomplishments relative to other
leading universities. The Chinese experts assessed a total of 1,000 universities
and chose 500 as the best among them.
Prof. Peretz Lavie said that the Technion’s high rating in computers and
other fields explain Israel’s major importance in the global hi-tech industry. A
new study found that Technion graduates are the “engines that pull the Israeli
In the last two decades, 76 percent of Technion
graduates have been hired in the hi-tech industry, which is responsible for 51%
of the country’s industrial exports, he said.
Of these, 25% have been
directors- general and 10% in other management positions. A total of 59 out of
the 129 companies traded on NASDAQ were established or are run by Technion