Hebrew University Ranked #1 In Israel, Rises To #67 Among World’s 500 Top Universities In Authoritative Shanghai Ranking

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Maintains position as #3 university in Asia region; ranked #33 worldwide in Mathematics

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Jerusalem, August 16, 2015 — Maintaining its #1 position in Israel and #3 position in Asia, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem rose three positions to #67 among the 500 top universities in the world, in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Hebrew University was also ranked #33 in the world in Mathematics in the new ranking, which was released on August 15.

ARWUPublished by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organization providing higher education information, the annual ranking lists the 500 best from among more than 1,200 universities surveyed around the world.

Since its origins in 2003, the Shanghai Ranking has included the Hebrew University among the world's 100 leading universities every year, consolidating the Israeli institution’s status as a world leader in academia and research. The Hebrew University is currently ranked 27 positions above its initial 94th place ranking in 2003.

The upward trend attests to faculty members’ hard work in producing the quality research for which Israel is known, and the entire Hebrew University community's efforts in striving for academic excellence.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (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 Reuters, 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 of a university. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s leading academic and research institution, producing one-third of all civilian research in Israel. For more about the Hebrew University, see http://new.huji.ac.il/en and below:

The Hebrew University in Numbers


  • 23,000 students
  • 12,500 undergraduates
  • 5,000 masters students
  • 2,200 doctoral candidates
  • 3,300 overseas and pre-academic students, postdoctoral fellows and others


  • 6 Campuses
  • 7 Faculties
  • 315 Departments
  • 955 Faculty Members
  • 5,673 Courses



  • More than 100 Research centers
  • 3,500 Research projects
  • 5 affiliated hospitals
  • More than 1/3 of PhD students in Israel
  • 43% of Israel’s biotechnology research
  • 30% of all Israeli academic scientific research

Technology Transfer:

  • 51 Years of Transferring Technologies
  • 8,961 patents
  • 2,508 inventions (170/year)
  • 785 licenses
  • 96 spin-off companies


Awards for Excellence:

  • 277 Israel Prizes
  • 93 Rothschild Prizes
  • 42 EMET Prizes
  • 14 Wolf Prizes
  • 8 Nobel Prizes (faculty and alumni)
  • 1 Fields Medal in Mathematics
  • 1 Canada Gairdner International Award
  • 1 Turing Award in Computer Science


  • 262 academic agreements with institutions in 44 countries
  • 78 competitive research grants from the European Reseach Council (ERC) since 2007, totalling over 120 million
  • 220 postdoctoral researchers from 26 countries
  • 109 university and faculty level student exchanges


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