Just Tuesday the OECD painted a troubling picture of Israeli academia, and less than 24 hours later, more world figures reflect another retreat in the country's education system. The QS World University Rankings, published Wednesday, shows a drop in the rankings of the three Israeli universities ranked within the top 200 in the world.
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem slipped from its 102 slot last year to 109 on the current ranking. Tel Aviv University is ranked 138th on the QS list, a decline of 24 slots since 2009. The Technion rounds off the unimpressive year for Israeli academia, dropping 27 spots to 159.
Ranked first on the list is Cambridge University, which surpassed Harvard University on its way to the top. Yale University remained in third place, coming just before the College of London and MIT.
The top 17 universities on the list are American and British, and include well-known institutions like Oxford, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, and Duke.
According to the OECD published on Wednesday, while Israel is ranked among the top nations in terms of the percentage of its citizens with higher education degrees, most of them are between the ages 34 to 64. In the 25 to 34 age group, there is a decrease in enrollment for higher education, a trend opposite what is seen in other leading countries in the report, except Germany.
The significance of this is that Israel is a on a downward trend in higher education.
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