Hebrew U, Technion, and Weizmann Institute Rise in Shanghai Index

The index ranks the world's top 1,000 universities based on the academic achievements of faculty and alumni. The Hebrew University is the top-ranked Israeli college, at the 77th spot

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The research tower at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot.
The research tower at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot.Credit: Zvika Yisraeli / GPO

Hebrew University, The Technion, and the Weizmann Institute have all climbed in this year’s Shanghai Index, which rates the world’s leading academic institutions.

Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which was ranked 90th in the world in 2021, rose 13 places and is now ranked 77th in the world. The Technion and Weizmann Institute rose from the 94th and 92nd spots, respectively, to the 83rd spot in the list, which the two institutions share with Switzerland’s Basel University.

Topping the list is Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the 20th year in a row. It is followed by its fellow American universities Stanford and MIT, which rose from 4th place last year, switching places with Cambridge University in the UK. Rounding out the top ten, among others, are Princeton and University of California at Berkley from the U.S. and Oxford from the UK. 39 of the top 100 universities are in the U.S., nine in China, eight in the U.K., four in Germany, and three in Israel.

The index publishes an annual list of the top 1,000 institutions in the world. The index calculates the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel prizes or the Fields medal, considered the equivalent for mathematics. Also taken into account are the quality and quantity of faculty members’ publications in leading academic journals. The index provides a detailed list of the top 100 institutions, followed by bloc groupings for the following ranks: 101-150, 151-200, and so on.

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