Only One Israeli University Makes Times Higher Education Ranking

Hebrew University of Jerusalem comes in at 178th place, replacing Tel Aviv University as the only Israeli institution to make the prestigious list.

Students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.Emil Salman

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the only Israeli institution in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released on Wednesday, coming in at 178th place, the same as in 2015.

The Times Ranking, published for the 13th year, ranked the 980 leading institutions for higher education in the world. 

Tel Aviv University, which in 2014 was the only Israeli university to make the ranking, was placed between slots 201-250 this year. The Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, was ranked between 251 and 300, while Bar Ilan University was placed between 401 and 500. Ben Gurion and Haifa universities were ranked between 501 and 600.

Although the Hebrew University made it to the same rank overall, the institute’s grade in the ranking rose in areas such as cited research, student-lecturer relations and the rate of international students and lecturers. In June, the Hebrew University was ranked 17th in the Times Asia University Rankings and in first place in Israel.

The World University Rankings is published by Britain’s Times Higher Education and uses data from Thomson Reuters. It claims to provide the only global university performance tables to judge world-class universities in the areas of teaching and learning environment (weighed at 30 percent), research and international publications (30 percent), international citations of academic studies (30 percent) innovation (2.5 percent) and international outlook (7.5 percent).

This year Britain’s Oxford University was moved to first place after being ranked second in 2015, marking the ranking’s first time that an American university isn't in first place. Caltech, the California Institute of Technology, is ranked second, moving down from first place last year.

Stanford University came in third, followed by the University of Cambridge, then MIT, Harvard and Princeton. Imperial College London came eighth, followed by ETH Zurich. Berkeley and University of Chicago tied in tenth place.