The list of the world’s 100 leading universities of 2018 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) including two Israeli institutes. The Technion jumped to 77th place up from 93rd place last year – the best ranking for an Israeli university this year. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked at 95th place, after falling out of 100 top universities last year.
The top 10 universities remained Harvard at the top, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, and University of California At Berkley.
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Since 2012, the Technion has been consistently included in the ARWU’s top 100, and has now returned to 77th place, where it was positioned in 2015.
Among 1.200 universities assessed by the Shanghai list, which has been published since 2003, only top 500 are selected. The top academic institutes ranking using criteria, including the number of Nobel Prize laureates and winners of other prestigious prizes, the number of scientific publications in the leading science journals and other performance indicators relative to the size of the university.
This year, for the second time, the Shanghai ranking also included a disciplinary ranking – ranking by research subject. In this ranking as well, published on July 17, the Technion starred in several categories. The Technion ranked first place among Israeli universities in several fields: Space Engineering (22nd place in the world), Automation and Control (30) and Transportation Science and Engineering (group range 51-75).
Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie said, “Technion’s presence among the top 100 universities for seven consecutive years is the result of the hard and dedicated work by its management, faculty members, and employees. We select the faculty members carefully according to a single criterion – excellence – and this has proven successful.
“In order to reinforce Technion’s status as a leading global research-scientific-technological university, we are also working on the global front – a strategy in which we inaugurated late least year the Jacobs Technion-Cornell institute (JTCI) in New York and the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) in China. Regardless of the international ratings, we are constantly measuring and improving ourselves, but it is clear that a high place in the ShanghaiRanking ratings is exciting international conformation of Technion’s excellence.”