Hebrew University Jumps to 93rd in World University Rankings

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October 12, 2008 - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has jumped 35 places in the Times Higher Education Supplement's world university rankings, entering the list of the world's top 100 universities.

In its latest listings for 2008, the Hebrew University was ranked overall by The Times of London survey in 93rd place among the top 100 universities in the world, compared to 128th place in 2007.

The Times rankings - conducted for the fifth consecutive year - are based on a scale of indicators that include academic peer reviews, citations of academic papers written by faculty members, and staff to student ratios.

In the area of citations of academic papers, the Hebrew University ranked especially high, with a score of 89 (out of a possible 100 points), which placed it at a level commensurate with the leading universities in the U.S. – among them Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Stanford universities -- as well as equal to or exceeding venerable universities in Europe and the Far East.

Other Israeli universities listed in the ranking included the Technion, ranked 109th and Tel Aviv University, ranked at 114th.

Rector of the Hebrew University Prof. Sara Stroumsa expressed pride in the rankings, saying, ''International acknowledgement of the Hebrew University in the rankings confirms the consistency of the university's teachers and researchers to continue its development as world center of academic excellence.''

However, she also indicated her concern for the future of higher education in Israel. "In the past, Israeli governments invested in higher education even during difficult times, and now you can see the results of that. But the continuing cuts in recent years testify to the government's short-term outlook that threatens the very future of Israel's higher education and research."

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