Once again, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked in the top 100 institutes of higher education in the world.
According to Sunday's annual ranking by the Centre for World Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai's Jiao Tong University, HU is in 64th place, rising one place compared with last year's ranking.
HU is the only Israeli university that made the top 100 of the prestigious list of 500 institutes, which is led by Harvard, with Stanford coming in second, followed by the University of California at Berkeley.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University each year evaluates more than 2,000 universities in the world and ranks the top 500 among them. The rankings are based on a combined scale of academic criteria that include awards won by alumni and staff, articles published in leading scientific journals, and the number of highly cited researchers.
The Chinese university's rankings have achieved respected international recognition and are considered more objective than other rankings.
In rankings according to academic disciplines, the Hebrew University was ranked 25th in computer sciences, and (in group rankings) among the 75 best in the categories of mathematics, economics and business administration, and among the top 100 in chemistry.
In the category of the top universities in the Asia Pacific region, the Hebrew University was ranked fourth, just after the Australian National University and the Japanese Kyoto and Tokyo universities.
Jiao Tong only gives a detailed ranking for the top 100 institutes, while, in the lower categories, the ranking is not number-specific, but rather made according to groups.
Tel Aviv University and Haifa's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology were ranked in the second tier group of the 150 best universities, the Weizmann Institute of Science in the top 200, and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Bar-Ilan University in the 400 category.
Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson expressed delight at his university's ranking.
"I am pleased that the Hebrew University continues to stand out among the 100 best universities in the world, both in general and in specific disciplines," he said. "Our aspiration now is to rise in standing in order to reach the rankings of the top 50 universities in the world. We must continue to be Israel's best university in every area."