Israel's Technion Beats MIT in Teaching Digital Skills to Graduates

The Haifa-based university's nearest rivals were University College London in second place and Korea's KAIST in third. The only American university in the top 10 was MIT, in sixth place

A job fair at the Technion technology institute in Haifa.
Doron Golan

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was ranked No. 1 in the world in teaching digital skills to its graduates and preparing them for the digital workplace, according to rankings published by the Times Higher Education journal.

The Haifa-based university’s nearest rivals were University College London in second place and Korea’s KAIST in third. The only American university in the top 10 was MIT, in sixth place.

“This is a badge of honor for the university,” said the Technion’s president, Prof. Peretz Lavie.

“In recent years, the Technion has emphasized preparing students for the changing needs of the digital revolution. As a result, it has expanded interdisciplinary research and taken giant steps forward in the process of integrating life sciences and engineering. The Technion was also ranked third in the category of ‘company links.’”

Another section of the rankings focused on which universities best prepare their graduates for the job market, based on reports by employers. In that section, Hebrew University was the top Israeli institution, in 62nd place. The Technion was ranked 113th and Tel Aviv University was ranked 135th.

Nevertheless, employers didn’t judge the “start-up nation” to be among the top 10 countries in terms of its digital skills. The United States placed first on that list, followed by Japan, China, England, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

The journal noted that universities worldwide are increasingly being measured by how employable their graduates are. In some countries, it found a connection between the level of government support for a given institution and its graduates’ success in the job market.