October 24, 2008 Technion Ranked 29th in the World in Engineering and 31st in Natural Science in 2008

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The Technion ranked 29th on the list of the best technological-engineering universities in the world and 31st among leading universities in the natural sciences. This is a rise of five places in the natural sciences and a fall of four in engineering. In overall ranking, the Technion took 109th place in the world, a dramatic rise of 122 places compared to last year. There are thousands of universities in the world dealing with these fields. The world ranking was carried out by the London Times Higher Education Supplement, which analyzes the standing of institutions of higher education in the world.

In the Times ranking, the Technion outranks in engineering a number of well-known universities, among them most of the European and American universities including Purdue (33rd place) Yale (58th place in engineering and 2nd place overall), Ecole Polytechnique in France (31st in engineering), etc. The list of the best universities in the world in engineering is topped by American universities – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Berkeley, Stanford and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In the natural sciences, the Technion is ahead of Johns Hopkins University (45th place in engineering and 13th overall), New York University (53rd place), all the German universities, including the prestigious Heidelberg University and Munich University, the Dutch universities, the Italian universities, etc.

This is the fifth year that the London Times has conducted a world ranking of universities. The criteria according to the Times for determining a university’s ranking are: ranking by academics from other universities (40%), ranking by employers of graduates (10%), faculty-student ratio (20%), number of research publications (20%), number of foreign lecturers (5%) and number of foreign students (5%).

Technion President, Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig, expressed his great satisfaction with the high ranking of the Technion among the best technological-engineering-science universities in the world and with its dramatic rise in overall ranking. “We have attained this standing despite sharp cuts in government funding to the Technion in particular and to higher education in general,” he said. “The ranking expresses the great esteem to which the Technion is held by other universities around the world, recognition by employers of the high level of Technion graduates employed by them and our high level of research. Thanks to our Technion Friends around the world and recently also due to the help of our Technion graduates and Friends in Israel, who in the last few years have generously contributed to the Technion, we have succeeded in recruiting talented and promising young faculty members, establishing the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute and the Zisapel Nanoelectronics Center, as well as the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering and launching other large research programs. All these have made a significant contribution to raising the Technion’s world ranking.”

The President warned that if there is no immediate change in government policy with respect to higher education, the Technion will be in danger of falling off the list of leading universities in the future. “This will have serious repercussions on Israel’s economy in general and on the technological sector in particular,” he said. “I hope that the government will understand that the Israel’s future depends on higher education and will implement the recommendations of the Shochat Committee, will return to the Technion and the higher education system the monies cut in recent years and will put education at the top of national priorities. If this happens,” added Prof. Apeloig, “the Technion’s excellent faculty members and students have the talent and ability to put the Technion in the top ten of the leading technological universities in the world.”

October 2008