Hebrew U. Ranked 65th Among Top 100 Universities in the World

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[img_assist|nid=526|title=The Hebrew University oif Jerusalem was ranked 65th among the world's top 100 universities |desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]Hebrew U. Ranked 65th Among Top 100 Universities in World 

Fourth in Asia Pacific Region

August 21, 2008 - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked 65th among the world’s top 100 universities in the new Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

The Hebrew University was the only Israeli institution included in the top 100, and was ranked number one in Israel. Topping the list were American universities Harvard, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, MIT and Cambridge University in Britain.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University each year evaluates more than 2,000 universities in the world and ranks the top 500 among them. The rankings are based on a combined scale of academic criteria that include awards won by alumni and staff, articles published in leading scientific journals, and the number of highly cited researchers. The Chinese university’s rankings have achieved respected international recognition.

Other Israeli universities fell into ranking categories below the top 100. Tel Aviv University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology were ranked at 151. The Weizmann Institute came in at 200. Bar Ilan University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev were ranked at 401.

In the category of the top universities in the Asia Pacific region, the Hebrew University was ranked fourth by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, just after Tokyo and Kyoto universities in Japan and the Australian National University.

Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Magidor expressed his happiness at the news as well as his concerns, saying, ''The fact that six Israeli universities are listed among the top 500 universities in the world with the Hebrew University ranked among the top 100 is most impressive when we take into account the size of Israel. However, without a solution to the acute crisis in which higher education in Israel is currently enmeshed, it will be impossible to maintain the status of Israeli academia in general and that of the Hebrew University in particular.''

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