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Researchers at the Hebrew University. Photo by Nir Keidar
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Lior Mizrahi
Hebrew University, the second best place to work in academia outside of the United States. Photo by Lior Mizrahi

Hebrew University has been ranked the second best place to work in academia outside of the United States in The Scientist magazine's 10th annual Best Places to Work in Academia list. The Hebrew University was ranked ninth on the list among the top 25 worldwide. It was the only Israeli institution to make this year's list.

The Scientist’s annual list is determined from responses to survey questions asking academic researchers to highlight the aspects of work they value most, as well as areas they wish their institutions would improve. More than 1,000 researchers in the life sciences working in academic or noncommercial research institutions responded to this year’s survey.

Based on survey responses, researchers expressed their satisfaction with university administration and policies as well as the job tenure and promotion process at their university.  However, respondents indicated that Hebrew University still falls short, compared with other elite academic institutions, when it comes to adequate resources for conducting research.

In last year's survey, the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot was ranked the number one place to work in academia outside the U.S. Weizmann received that distinction three times over the survey's ten years, and has been ranked second twice. This year, however, Weizmann did not make the list.

Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson greeted the news with pride.

"I thank the members of the academic community, because of whom we find ourselves perpetually ranked among the world’s leading universities," Ben-Sasson said. "This demonstrates that a community in which it is pleasant to work is also one that sees outstanding academic achievements. It is because of the sense of partnership and responsibility of all of our staff that we continually achieve this leading academic ranking. I congratulate my colleagues on this external recognition of their achievements here at home."