Israel's Hebrew University Ranked 11th Best in World for Math

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Students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, March 31, 2015.
Students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, March 31, 2015.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

The Hebrew University is the 11th best place for math and the Weizmann Institute the 10th best for computer science, according to the new Shanghai Ranking that rates universities worldwide.

The Jerusalem university was named in the top 50 in four categories. As well as its achievement in math, the school also placed 40th in political sciences, 39th in communication, and 46th in economics.

The Weizmann Institute of Science, based in Rehovot, made the top 50 in three categories. As well as its 10th place in computer science and engineering, it was also 46th in materials science and engineering, and 50th in chemistry.

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, also did well, being ranked eighth in aerospace engineering, 37th in electrical and electronic engineering, and 50th in automation and control. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva was ranked 42nd for hospitality and tourism management.

The full Shanghai Ranking is expected to be published in July. Only specific fields were published Thursday.

The rankings track the top 200 universities in a variety of fields, such as natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and medical sciences, as well as subcategories for each field. Shanghai Jiao Tong University releases the list, which is considered one of the most reliable in the world.

The ranking takes into account mainly the quality of institutional research. The ranking is based on a number of indicators, including the number of faculty members and graduates who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields medals, the number of times in which an article by a university researcher in the leading scientific journals, and rankings that relate to the number of times in which articles by researchers in an institution were quoted by their colleagues. The ranking covers 500 universities, from among 1,200 that are reviewed by the university each year. The rankings focus on the fields of science, technology and economics, and, unlike other rankings, do not grade any university humanities faculties.

Israeli universities ranked among the top 75 in the world in other categories, including Tel Aviv University in environmental sciences, sociology and math; Hebrew University in veterinary sciences, public administration and law; the Technion in math, chemistry and transportation; and the Weizmann Institute in math.

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