Hebrew University Ranked 67th on Global College List

List still led by Harvard, Stanford and MIT, but Hebrew U. and Technion somewhat improve their positions in 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Students at an Israeli university.
Emil Salman

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Technion rose several places in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, published on Saturday.

The Hebrew University stepped up three places, and is now ranked 67th, while the Technion is now ranked 77th, instead of 78th last year.

However, the Hebrew University is still far behind its ranking two years ago, when it placed 59th.

The Technion has seen an almost steady rise in its ranking since 2010, and has reached additional achievements in the fields of computer sciences and engineering, ranked 18th in the first and 44th in the second.

The Weizmann Institute, which was once also ranked in the top 100, did not improve its ranking, remaining in the 101-150 group (universities which didn't make it into the top 100 are ranked in groups, and not individually.) However, in July it was ranked 10th in the world for quality of research by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The institute was the only non-American research center that made it into the list. 

Tel Aviv University stayed in the 151-200 group in the 2015 general ranking. In the alternative Shanghai ranking, which does not consider Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, Tel Aviv came in first among Israeli universities — and even scored higher than it did the previous year (from 29.7 to 33.8 points). The Hebrew University received 29.7 points in the scoring that excludes awards, and came in just below Tel Aviv University.

Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University remained at the 401-500 group. Haifa University failed to make it into the top 500. Ariel University, an Israeli academic institution in the West Bank whose status is contested, wasn't ranked.

The world's top 10 universities didn't change from last year: Harvard still occupies first place, followed by Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, and the British University Cambridge, the only non-American university in the top five. Princeton has sixth place, followed by Caltech, Columbia University, University of Chicago and the British Oxford at 10th place.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is considered one of the most reliable annual university rankings worldwide.  It is prepared by the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. It uses several indicators, among them are the number of Nobel and Fields Medal laureates among the alumni and staff; how often its researchers are cited in articles, and the number of articles published by staff in leading scientific journals.

The ARWU ranks 500 universities out of 1,200 under consideration annually. It focuses on science, technology, and economics, and doesn't rate the humanities departments, contrary to other rankings.