Hebrew University Tess Scheflan 9.12.08
A class at Hebrew University. Photo by Tess Scheflan
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Israeli universities fared worse than in previous years in the QS World University Rankings, with Hebrew University dropping from 102nd to 109th place, Tel Aviv University dropping from 114th to 138th place, and the Technion falling 27 spaces to 159th. The rankings list the 200 best universities in the world.

Cambridge University in the U.K. is the best university in the world, according to the new rankings. Harvard University, which topped the list for six consecutive years, has dropped to second place.

Other institutions at the top of the list included Yale University, which maintained its third place ranking, University College London which took fourth place, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which climbed fourth spaces from last year and ended up fifth in the rankings.

Rounding out the top ten were Oxford University (sixth), followed by Imperial College London (seventh), the University of Chicago (eighth), California Institute of Technology (ninth) and Princeton University (tenth).

American universities remained dominant in the rankings, taking 31 of the top 100. There were 15 Asian universities in the new list, with the University of Hong Kong leading the way in 23rd place.

The QS rankings are based on quality of academic research, graduate employment rates, student-to-faculty ratios and international make-up of the student body and faculty.