The Hebrew University regains impressive international rating

Reuven, you are my first-born, My might and first fruit of my vigor, Exceeding in rank And exceeding in honor.




(the israel bible)

August 15, 2021

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Even though Israel is a tiny country compared to the US, China, Russia and most others and some universities abroad were established centuries ago, it has an admirable amount of brainpower. Among 2,000 universities surveyed worldwide, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) – which was founded in 1918 – ranked 90th in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)’s evaluation of higher education institutions.  This marks HU’s best showing since 2016.

HU Pres Asher Cohen (Credit: Nati Shohat, Flash90)


For the 19th year in a row, Harvard University – established in 1636 – topped the ranking list, with Stanford University and the University Cambridge in second and third place, respectively.  HUJI is not alone among Israeli universities in the Top 100.  Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot placed 92nd and the Technion- Institute of Technology in Haifa 94th.  Last year, HUJI had placed in the 101 to 150 category.  This year, HUJI managed to surpass several leading universities in its ranking. 


Upon hearing the news, HUJI President Prof. Asher Cohen commented, “The proof is in the pudding.  Hebrew University’s ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation has placed it among the world’s leading academic institutions.  This ranking is a tribute to the standard of excellence demonstrated day in and day out by Hebrew University staff, students and professors alike.”  


“The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated to the world the importance of strong research and scientific scholarship.  With three Israeli academic institutions in the Top 100, I feel confident that Israel will make it through and that our researchers will continue to be a guiding light and a positive influence both at home and abroad,” Cohen added. 


Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, the independent body which publishes the yearly ARWU, bases its rankings on several key indicators, including the number of alumni and staff awarded Nobel Laureates and Fields Medalists, the number of highly-cited researchers and the number of articles published in the prestigious journals Nature and Science, among other criteria.  


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