Israeli universities drop in QS international ranking


(JTA) — Seven Israeli university programs made it into an annual ranking of the world’s top 100 programs in each of 42 subjects, a falloff from the 11  that appeared last year.

The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released Tuesday, ranks universities in 42 disciplines. The rankings are based on input from 76,798 scholars, 44,426 employers and an analysis of 28.5 million research papers and more than 113 million citations in an academic database, according to Quacquarelli Symonds, the firm that produces the annual list.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is featured three times in the top 100 for agriculture & forestry, history and anthropology. The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology appears twice in the top 100: for computer science & information systems as well as for mathematics. Tel Aviv University ranked in the top 100 for archaeology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science placed in the top 100 for biological sciences. QS did not publish the precise ranking of each university, saying only that all were somewhere between 51-100.

In addition to the by-subject ranking, Hebrew University got an overall ranking of 148 (behind last year’s ranking of 138), while the Technion’s overall ranking was 198 (190 last year) and Tel Aviv University’s was 203 (195 last year). Weizmann Institute was not given an overall ranking.

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in the United States, led the ranking, with each appearing 12 times in the top 100.

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