Hebrew University Ranked 53 Out Of Top 500 Universities Worldwide, Moves Up 4 Spots In Authoritative Shanghai Ranking
University is ranked the world’s 16th best in mathematics, 27th best in computer science and 38th best in the natural sciences
Jerusalem, August 15, 2012—The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked the 53rd best university in the world in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities released today. The authoritative ranking, conducted annually by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, lists the top 500 from among more than 1,000 universities evaluated around the world. Receiving its highest rating since the rankings were introduced in 2003, the Hebrew University moved up 4 spots from its 57th place showing last year. Topping the list were the American universities Harvard, Stanford and MIT.
This is the first time that three Israeli universities were included among the top 100, with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ranked 78th best, and the Weizmann Institute of Science ranked 93rd best. A total of six Israeli institutions were among the top 500, with Tel Aviv University ranked among the 101-150 best, and Bar Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranked among the 301-400 best.
In addition to the general ranking, universities were also ranked according to individual academic subjects and fields of study. In academic subjects, the Hebrew University was ranked 16th in the world in mathematics, 27th in computer science, in the top 51-75 in physics, and in the top 101-150 in economics and business.
In fields of study, the Hebrew University was ranked 38th in the world in the natural sciences and mathematics, in the top 51-75 in the social sciences, in the top 101-150 in clinical medicine and pharmacy, and in the top 101-150 in the life and agriculture sciences.
Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson said, "I am proud that several of Israel’s research universities are ranked among the world’s top achievers in this important international ranking, and that once again the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked the leader in Israel. The Hebrew University's mission is to be the leading research institution in Israel and among the leaders worldwide, and our upward trend attests that the University’s academic community is meeting this challenge despite the financial difficulties it faces. The fact that the University continues be so highly ranked is a testament to their hard work and continued striving for excellence, and I am proud to head an institution that has such values. Our ambition is to see the Hebrew University recognized among the top universities in the world, but this depends greatly on the continued flow of funds to the higher education system and investment in research universities in Israel.”
About the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU). First published in 2003 and updated on an annual basis, ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution. More than 1000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published on the web.
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Opened in 1925, the Hebrew University is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. The Hebrew University serves more than 23,000 students from over 65 countries, and is consistently ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide. Forty percent of Israel’s civilian research emerges from the Hebrew University, which has been ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade.