New survey reinforces university’s international standing as academic and research leader

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked first in Israel, third in Asia, and 70th globally in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released today. Since 2003, the authoritative annual report has ranked the world's 500 best universities from more than 1,200 surveyed.

The Hebrew University's President, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, said: “We are proud and gratified that once again the Hebrew University has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 leading universities. Since these rankings were first launched in 2003, the Hebrew University has consistently been ranked among the world’s best. That the Hebrew University continues to be so highly rated is a testament to the hard work and uncompromising quest for academic excellence of our faculty members and extended university family."

Ben-Sasson added: "With each passing year, the Hebrew University continues to cement its international standing as an important venue for high-quality academia and research. Our ability to remain among the world's best universities is dependent on the government’s funding of Israeli higher education and investment in Israel's research universities."

About the Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is widely considered the most objective and important ranking of the world's universities, based on its use of transparent methodology and reliable data. Conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU), the annual ranking is published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organization providing higher education information.  For more about the Academic Ranking of World Universities, see

About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's leading university and premier research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 80 countries, the Hebrew University  produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal since 2000. The Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Its main campuses include three in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot.

The Hebrew University is a active in the international arena, with 238 academic agreements with institutions in 43 countries; 78 competitive research grants from the European Research Council (ERC) since 2007, totaling over €120 million; student exchange agreements with 56 institutions in 24 countries; 90 courses for the study of some 30 languages; 177 postdoctoral researchers from 26 countries; and an annual enrolment of almost 2000 students from 80 countries at the Rothberg International School. In September 2012, the Hebrew University became one of the first institutions to join Coursera, which partners with leading universities to offer free online courses to people everywhere. For more about the Hebrew University, see

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