Three Israeli academic institutions are included in the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), an annual survey published by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The three universities — Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology — were also included on last year’s prestigious list.


This year’s rankings put the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 59th place, followed by the Technion in Haifa at 77th and the Weizmann Institute at the 92nd place. Both the Technion and Weizmann Institute moved up one place from last year’s poll.

The Hebrew University has appeared on the Top 100 list since the ARWU first appeared in 2003.

“I’m proud to see the prominent positions of Israeli research universities in these important international rankings, and I’m pleased that once again the Hebrew University has been recognized as Israel’s leading university. The fact that the Hebrew University continues to achieve such high ratings is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and the university community, and their continuing quest for uncompromising academic and research excellence,” said Hebrew University’s President, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson.

Once again, American universities dominated the Top 20. And, as it has placed since 2003 when the survey began, Harvard repeated its top spot placing.

The ARWU’s Top 100 university ranking is actually part of a larger Top 500 university survey. Four other Israeli institutions were included in the longer list: Tel Aviv University (101-150th place); Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (301-400th place); and University of Haifa (401-500th place).