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Israeli universities rank among world's top 100

Three Israeli schools have ranked among the world's 100 best universities, according to the renowned Academic Ranking of World Universities that every year names the globe's top 1000 academic institutions. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which did not make it into the top 100 last year, ranked 90th on this year's list, also known as the Shanghai Ranking. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot ranked 92nd, and Haifa's Technion - Israel Institute of Technology ranked 94th. The last time three Israeli universities made it into the top 100 happened in 2013. 

"The upward trend in the Shanghai Ranking is evidence of hard work and an uncompromising pursuit of academic excellence," President of the Hebrew University Professor Asher Cohen said. "I am delighted that three academic institutions have made it to the top 100," he said. 

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton congratulated the schools on their achievement and called it "a reflection of Israeli excellence and a source of pride and success." Several other Israeli institutions made it into the list. Tel Aviv University ranked in the top 200, and Bar-Ilan University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev made it into the top 500.

The winners of this year's list are Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of Cambridge, which ranked first, second and third, respectively. 

The Academic Ranking of World Universities methodology is based on the quality of education (number of alumni as Nobel laureates and Fields Medalists), quality of faculty (number of staff members as Nobel laureates and Fields Medalists and highly cited researchers) and research performance (papers published in the leading scientific journal Nature and Science). 

Noam Dvir