The Hebrew University in Jerusalem has been ranked the 57th best university in the world, in a list of the top 500 universities worldwide.
The list, which is published annually by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, placed Harvard, Stanford and MIT in the first three spots.
This marks the highest ranking the Hebrew University received since 2003, and an improvement of 15 spots from last year. The Hebrew University is the only Israeli university to make it to the top 100 list.
Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Haifa's Institute of Technology were included on the list of universities ranked in the 102-150th spots, while Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University made it to the list of the 301-400th spots, as in previous years.
Best ranking since 2003. Hebrew University (Photo: Ron Peled)
President of Hebrew University Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson welcomed the high ranking, saying "I am thrilled that the Hebrew University continues to be featured in the list of the world's top 100 universities. The fact that we've reached such a high ranking is a testament to the phenomenal work the university's researchers do, and for that I am grateful and proud."
In addition to the general ranking, universities were also graded based on field of study. In the field of natural sciences, the Hebrew University came in 35th, while the Weizmann Institute and the Technion were listed in the 51-75th spots.
The Hebrew University also excelled in Mathematics, ranking 22nd, and in computer science, where it was placed 26, after Weizmann Institute in the 11th spot.
Chairperson of the Committee of University Heads in Israel, Professor Rivka Carmi, also expressed her satisfaction: "Despite a few difficult years for the higher education's budget, we've accomplished impressive achievements due to our excellent researchers and scientists.
"However," she warned, "We won't be able to preserve these accomplishments without a continuous allocation of resources."