Hebrew Uni gets its report card…and a new president

July 4, 2017 by Dov Smith
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the 11th best university in the world for Mathematics, according to the new “Global Ranking of Academic Subjects” for 2017, released by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which rates universities worldwide.

As well as its high achievement in Mathematics, the Hebrew University was named in the top 50 in the world in three additional subjects: 39th worldwide in Communication, 40th in Political Sciences, and 46th in Economics.

The Hebrew University was among the top 75 in the world in three other subjects: Veterinary Sciences, Public Administration and Law.

Professor Asher Cohen

The Hebrew University was among the top 100 in the world in three additional subjects: Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Psychology.

In total, the Hebrew University was ranked in the top 100 worldwide in 10 different subjects; took first place in Israel in 18 subjects (sometimes tied with another institution); and was listed in 32 of the 52 subjects surveyed.

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks universities in 52 subjects across five fields: Natural Sciences,Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. In total, more than 4000 universities were ranked. The list was released by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which also publishes the annual “Academic Ranking of World Universities” and in 2009 also began to publish rankings by academic subjects.

Universities from the United States took the 32 top positions in 52 subjects, followed by 8 institutions from China (including Hong Kong) and 5 from The Netherlands. The best performing institution was Harvard, taking 15 top positions, followed by MIT, which topped 5 subjects.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has announced that its Board of Governors, headed by its Chairman Michael Federmann, has elected Prof. Asher Cohen as the next President of the Hebrew University.

Prof. Cohen will succeed Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, who led the University for the last eight years. He will begin serving as President on September 1, 2017.

Prof. Cohen was elected President after serving for five years as Rector of the University. As Rector, Prof. Cohen led many important initiatives. Among these are recruiting top researchers from Israel and abroad, opening new and innovative academic programs, refreshing the University’s curricula, and developing in-depth processes for continually improving the education of University students, in cooperation with the Student Union.


Founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, the Hebrew University is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind.


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