The 16th edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees Tel Aviv University breaking into the world’s top 20 in Citations per Faculty indicator, which measures the impact of research produced. TAU came in 19th. Out of the six Israeli universities represented in this year’s rankings, TAU also most improved its overall position from last year – rising 11 places to rank 219th out of 1001 universities worldwide. 


In terms of Employer Reputation, TAU also achieved the highest mark nationally, ranking 235th globally in this indicator.


The rankings, produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, assess the world’s top 1000 universities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named the world’s leading institution of higher learning for the eighth consecutive year.


According to Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, “Israel is one of the world’s most innovative nations, and one of the most prolific for research output as measured by number of scientific papers per million citizens. It also boasts one of the highest ratios of scientists and technicians among the employed population, underlying its status as a world-class tech hub whose competitive edge is also attributable to the quality of research produced by its leading universities.


“Being home to one of the world’s top 100 universities for citations per faculty metric, which measures the productivity and impact of research faculty, is testament to this outstanding infrastructure.”


The universities were assessed according to feedback by 94,000 academics and 44,000 hiring managers; 11.8 million research papers; 100 million citations, and trends in the distribution of 23 million students and 2 million faculty.