Hebrew University placed 67th in world in new ranking
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Hebrew University placed 67th in world in new ranking

Jerusalem university moves up three places in annual list of top 500 institutions by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University

View of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus seen from Jerusalem's Old City, on June 10, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
View of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus seen from Jerusalem's Old City, on June 10, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the leading school in Israel and 67th among the top universities in the world, according to the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities released Saturday. The university has climbed three places from its 70th place rank in 2014.

The annual ranking, conducted by researchers at China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, lists the top 500 universities around the world. It determines the order using six indicators, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by alumni and faculty members, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, the number of published articles, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance vis-a-vis the size of the individual institutions.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel’s foremost academic and research institution — consistently performs well in global rankings.

In July, the Saudi-based Center for World University Rankings listed three Israeli universities in the world’s best 100, and a total of seven in the world’s best 1,000. The Hebrew University was placed 23rd on the list, while the Weizmann Institute of Science secured 39th place and Tel Aviv University clinched 86th spot.

The Weizmann Institute was placed tenth in the world out of 750 for the quality of its research, according to a recent Dutch review project that examined the impact of publications from research institutions on the scientific community.

The Rehovot-based institute was the only non-US research body to make it to the top ten on the list, which was published by the Center for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, otherwise known by its Dutch acronym CWTS.

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