Israeli universities rank highly

August 20, 2015 Agencies
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Maintaining its #1 position in Israel and #3 position in Asia, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem rose three positions to #67 among the 500 top universities in the world, in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities…and The Technion in Haifa is in the 77th spot but is ranked 18th in the world in computer science.

The Hebrew University was also ranked #33 in the world in Mathematics in the new ranking, which was released on August 15.

Published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organisation providing higher education information, the annual ranking lists the 500 best from among more than 1,200 universities surveyed around the world.

Since its origins in 2003, the Shanghai Ranking has included the Hebrew University among the world’s 100 leading universities every year, consolidating the Israeli institution’s status as a world leader in academia and research. The Hebrew University is currently ranked 27 positions above its initial 94th place ranking in 2003.

The upward trend attests to faculty members’ hard work in producing the quality research for which Israel is known, and the entire Hebrew University community’s efforts in striving for academic excellence.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s leading academic and research institution, producing one-third of all civilian research in Israel.

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has consolidated its standing as one of the top 100 universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking.

The 2015 results highlight Technion’s position among the world’s elite universities, especially in the Technion’s core areas of research and education:

  • In the field of computer science the Technion ranks 18thfor the third consecutive year. The Technion is one of only four non-U.S. universities among the world’s top 20 in computer science.  This is the highest ranking of any Israeli university in a specific subject area.
  • In engineering/technology,Technion is ranked #44, and is the only Israeli university to place in the top 50.
  • In the overall global ranking, Technion is in 77thplace, up from #78 last year. Technion broke through to the top 80 in 2012, and has remained in this elite group since.

“The Shanghai ranking is recognized as the leading academic ranking of world universities and it continues to acknowledge Israeli scientific achievements, and Technion in particular,” stated Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie, following the publication of this year’s rankings. “I am very pleased at Technion’s standing among the world’s elite universities in engineering and especially in the field of computer science. These achievements are a clear manifestation of Technion’s excellence. Our outstanding faculty members, researchers and staff will continue to nurture and train Technion students, who represent the future of Israeli science and technology.”

The Shanghai Ranking was established in 2003 with the aim to identity the global standing of top Chinese universities while comparing them to 500 of the world’s leading institutes. Since then it has evolved into the most influential ranking of universities worldwide. Many objective indicators are examined, including the number of faculty and alumni who have won Nobel Prizes and other prestigious awards; the number of articles published in leading scientific journals; and other per capita performance indices of the universities. More than 1000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the top 500 are including in the published rankings.

Heading the list of the world’s top universities are leading American institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley.

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