The prestigious Shanghai Ranking of world universities on Tuesday listed two Israeli academic institutions – The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – among the world’s top 100 universities, marking an impressive rise since last year.
The two universities are ranked 77th and 95th on the list, respectively, with the Technion listed as Israel’s top university for the third year in a row, The Jerusalem Post reported. The index grades and orders universities around the globe based on a variety of factors, including research and Nobel Prize winners.
“The Technion’s appearance in the top 100 universities in the world for seven straight years is the result of hard work and dedication of the Technion’s management, faculty members and employees,” said university president Peretz Lavie.
“We constantly measure ourselves and improve regardless of international rankings, but of course a high place in the Shanghai ranking is an exciting stamp of international recognition of the Technion’s excellence,” he added.
Both Israeli institutions went up in the ranking compared to 2017, with the Technion going up 16 places from last year’s 93rd spot, while the Hebrew University was not in last year’s top 100 at all.
“The trend of improvement compared to last year’s Shanghai ranking is evidence of hard work and uncompromising striving for excellency,” commented Hebrew University President Prof. Asher Cohen.
“We are proud that again, the Hebrew University is recognized as one of the world’s 100 leading universities,” he said, adding that the competition was getting harder every year due to “significant investment” by East Asian countries in the academic realm.
In addition to the two high-ranking Israeli universities, the Weizmann Institute of Science was listed in the 101-150 rank, while Tel Aviv University was ranked in the 151-200 range and Ben-Gurion University came in the 401-500 rankings.
The top-10 rankings remained the same as the 2017 edition of the list, with Harvard and Stanford in the United States taking the top two spots, respectively, follow by Britain’s University of Cambridge.
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