Hebrew U jumps to No. 17 in ranking of top Asian universities

Julie Wiener

Some members of the American Studies Association are pushing for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where students are shown in October 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in October 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) — Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked No. 17 in a new ranking of Asian universities — the highest-rated Israeli university on the list.

Hebrew University’s placement in the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, released Monday, represented an eight-spot jump from the previous year, when it placed #25.

The Hebrew University was also the highest-rated Israeli university in the rankings and the highest-rated university in the Middle East.

“To emerge as Israel’s number one university and 17th across the entire continent of Asia is a major achievement and something to be celebrated,” said Times Higher Education Rankings Editor Phil Baty, in a statement provided to Hebrew University. “Hebrew University has shown particular strength in research impact – our analysis demonstrates that its research is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and is being cited globally.”

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The ranking of Asia’s 200 top universities judges the institutions on the basis of 13 criteria, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The National University of Singapore topped the list, followed by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and China’s Peking University.

Israel had six universities in the list’s top 100, making it the second-largest number from a Middle Eastern country. Seven universities in Turkey made the top 100 list.

Tel Aviv University ranked #20, and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa ranked #36. Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan ranked #67, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranked #79 and the University of Haifa ranked #87.

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