Israeli Universities Make Global Top 100 List in Religious Studies

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem, last year.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, last year.Credit: Emil Salman

Israeli universities are ranked among the top 100 schools in the world for theology, divinity and religious studies, according to the latest survey of a leading higher education website.

Israeli universities also lead in the fields of mathematics and biology though their rankings are significantly lower than other institutes of higher education, according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings survey, conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked 13th out of 100 in the field of theology, divinity and religious studies, while Tel Aviv University placed 32nd.

In the field of mathematics, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, was ranked 66th. The Technion just missed the list of top 100 universities in computer science, with a ranking of 103rd.

Weizmann Institute of Science made the 75th spot in biological sciences. In archaeology, Tel Aviv University made the list in the group ranking of 51-100. Hebrew University made the second 50 for philosophy.

QS ranks universities globally every year and does another set of rankings based on 48 field of study. The ranking system is made to help students choose the best universities for the fields in which they’re interested. The ranking can impact a university’s reputation or prestige.

According to QS, the rankings “are based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.” It conducts an academic peer review and survey of employers, asking which universities are considered the most prestigious in each field. The rankings are also based on measures of quality of research based on quantity of articles quoted in academic journals.

MIT took first place in the rankings of leading universities. Hebrew University was ranked first among Israeli universities at 177th in the world. Tel Aviv University was ranked 230th and the Technion came in at 291st.

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