The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, was ranked 38th among the world's top universities in technology, according to Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, advancing two spots since the 2009 rankings. The Technion leads almost all European engineering-technology universities in the rankings.
The top 15 positions in the general ranking (which includes all academic fields) are held by American universities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is in the top spot, followed by Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley.
Among the main criteria determining the rankings are the number and quality of scientific publications, as well as the number of leading researchers in the university's field of specialization.
Some 2,000 universities are analyzed each year, and 1,000 enter the ranking. Prominent in this year's ranking are universities in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie was very pleased with the ranking. "We only regard our ranking in the top engineering-technology universities, and not the general ranking, as an engineering-technology university cannot be compared to a university that also teaches humanities and social sciences," he said.
"We achieved this respectable position despite the government's sharp budget cuts to higher education in general and to the Technion in particular. This achievement is due mainly to friends of the Technion around the world, particularly in the United States. But we must remember that this achievement mainly reflects successes of the past, and if an immediate change is not enacted in government policy, we will no longer be among the leading universities," he said.
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