June 20, 2017 —In the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released today, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranks #17 in Asia. The Hebrew University moved up eight spots from #25 last year, to #17 this year. The Hebrew University is also the highest-rated Israeli university in the new Asia University Rankings.
Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “There is a reason why Asia is so often predicted to be the next world higher education super power – because all the evidence suggests it is true. It was highly symbolic that this year China overtook the U.S. as home to the highest number of researchers in the world, and the increasing quantity of research coming out of the region is matched by improving quality too. And across the continent, particularly in the rising economies of East Asia, there is evidence of growing strength in higher education — backed by government and industry united in their support for strong research-universities, committed university leadership, dynamic and innovative institutions, and a society ready to recognise that their education systems are among their most precious national assets. In my 20 years of working in the higher education sector, including seven years as editor of Times Higher Education’s gold-standard global rankings, it has never been as clear to me that the balance of power is shifting from the West to the East.”
“The 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings rank the top 200 universities in Asia, and are based on the same rigorous criteria as the World University Rankings – but with special modifications to better reflect the characteristics of Asia’s universities. We judge world class universities employing 13 separate performance indicators across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” said Times Higher Education.