Boycotting own place never adds to their good reputation. Hope the lesson learned for myopic bats professors never looked above their own nose, even if that nose is a big one. as for Harvard giving up #1 place.. I see a direct correlation with the rule that not only money assures good education, unlike the statement about low spending per puple in Israeli schools (re: article in Haaretz comparing education spending). Harvard always has been the most common destination of money from oil nations.
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from the article: Israeli universities drop in international rankings