Slip sliding away? The Hebrew University in Jerusalem ranked 65th in the list of the world's top 100 universities, released by Shanghai Jiaotong University on Wednesday.
The university's ranking slipped from the 64th place in 2007, and 60th place in 2006, but it is still the only Israeli university to make the top 100 list.
Topping the list in 2008 are the US' Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley universities.
The University of Shanghai Jiaotong bases its annual list on the ranking of 2,000 of the world's leading universities; using criteria such as the number of Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, the number of research papers published in leading magazines and various other academic achievements attributed to the school relative to its size.
Shanghai Jiaotong's top-500 universities list included five additional Israeli institutions: Tel Aviv University and Haifa's Technion were ranked 151, the Weizmann Institute of Science made the top-200 list and the Bar Ilan and Ben Gurion universities made the top-400 list.
Professor Menachem Magidor, President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, expressed his concerns about the school slipping further in the ranks as a result of the ongoing crisis in the Israeli higher education system.
"The fact that the top-500 list has six Israeli institution and that the Hebrew University made the top-100 list is a credit to us all… Nevertheless, we will not be able to preserve Israel's standing in global academia if we can't solve the crisis our higher education system is facing."