In another proof of the Jewish people’s affinity for education, three Israeli colleges have been placed on a prestigious list of top 100 world universities. This marks the first time that the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China deemed three Israeli institutions of higher learning worthy of making its list.
The highest-ranking of the three was Hebrew University, which was listed in 53rd place, four spots higher than last year. The other two schools on the list were the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which entered at number 78, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in 93rd place.
The United States continued to dominate the annual listing, with Harvard University continuing to be ranked at No. 1 for the tenth year. Sixteen other American colleges were placed in the top 20, with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology following Harvard for the second year in a row.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University surveys 1,000 universities around the world and ranks the top 500. Below the top 100 colleges, Tel Aviv University was ranked in the 101-150 range, while Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University were listed between numbers 301 and 400.
“This proves that the government’s unprecedented investment in Israeli academia brings results,” commented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are investing NIS 7 billion in the universities in a multiyear program, in centers of excellence and in bringing back Israeli academics who left the country.” Netanyahu continued, “Our efforts have been fruitful. I am especially happy over the high ranking of Israeli institutions of higher learning in computer sciences, with four of them among the leading 30 institutions in the world. That’s another sign that Israel continues to establish itself as a world hi-tech power.”
In addition to the general ranking, universities were also rated on the strength of their individual academic subjects and fields of study. In academic subjects, Hebrew University was designated 16th in the world in mathematics, 27th among all universities in computer science, within the top 51 to 75 in the study of physics, and in the top 101 to 150 in economics and business.
Hebrew University was also rated as 38th best in the world in the natural sciences and mathematics, within the top 51 to 75 in social sciences, in the top 101 to 150 in the study of clinical medicine and pharmacy, and in the top 101 to 150 in life and agriculture sciences.
“I am proud that several of Israel’s research universities are ranked among the world’s top achievers in this important international ranking, and that once again the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked the leader in Israel,” stated Hebrew University president Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson. “Our mission is to be the leading research institution in Israel and among the leaders worldwide, and our upward trend attests that the university’s academic community is meeting this challenge despite the financial difficulties it faces.”