Only One Israeli University Makes the Grade in Times Ranking

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Students on the campus of Tel Aviv University in 2012.
Students on the campus of Tel Aviv University in 2012.Credit: Alon Ron

Tel Aviv University was the only Israeli institution in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released on Wednesday. It moved up to 188th place, from 199 last year.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem fell from 191 last year into the 201-225 group. Two years ago Haifa’s Technion Israel Institute of Technology fell from 193 into the same group, where it remained this year.

Survey editor Phil Baty said the ranking ought to concern Israel. He noted that global competition is intensifying and Israel must work hard to stay competitive in the face of the rising universities of East Asia.

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 (weighted 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).

The top of the index was little changed from last year. The California Institute of Technology is No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Harvard University, also in the same spot as last year, with the University of Oxford coming in third. Rounding out the top 10 are Stanford, University of Cambridge, MIT, Princeton, University of California Berkeley, Imperial College London and Yale University.

As in the past, the United States has the most universities in the ranking, with 74 American institutions in the top 200. Then comes Britain, with 29 institutions; Germany, with 12 institutions, and the Netherlands with 11 institutions.

Baty noted that this year there were two Asian institutions in the top 25: the University of Tokyo (23) and the National University of Singapore (25).

He added that Western universities whose government funding is declining are losing their strength, putting traditional leaders like England, Canada and the United States at risk of losing significant power in the global knowledge economy.

This is the Times Higher Education’s 11th annual ranking.

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