The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science made the list of the world's top 100 university's by Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2012 (ARWU) produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the first time that more than one Israeli university made the list. The Hebrew University was in 53rd place, the Technion in 78th place, and the Weizmann Institute in 93rd place.
Most of the top 20 universities are in the US, including the first four: Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and the University of California Berkeley. Cambridge University in the UK is ranked fifth, and Oxford University is ranked tenth.
The ARWU first appeared in 2003, and the Hebrew University has always been in the top 100. Until now, the Technion and Weizmann Institute were among the 101-150 ranked universities. This year, Tel Aviv University was ranked among 101-150th place, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Bar Ilan University are ranked 301-400. The University of Haifa did not make the cut.
The ARWU considers every university that has any Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, highly cited researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science. In addition, universities with significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked and the best 500 are ranked. The criteria are quality of education, quality of faculty, research output, and per capita performance.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on August 15, 2012
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