Quacquarelli Symonds is a British company specialized in education and study abroad founded in 1990 by Nunzio Quacquarelli. QS provides services for students interested in all types of degrees, from undergraduates to Masters, Ph.D. and MBA candidates. The company holds publications and events to widen the scope of study abroad. One of the reasons QS is widely known and highly regarded is due to their comprehensive yearly QS World University Rankings. The list has existed since 2010 and it is viewed as one of the most widely read university rankings along with the Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The ranking takes into account aspects such as research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. According to the 2015/16 ranking, these are the tops Israeli universities placed amongst the top 300 universities in the world.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – #148 QS World University Ranking
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established in 1918, three decades before the institution of the State of Israel, making it the second oldest university in the country. Ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide and Israel’s leading university and premier research institution. It serves about 23,000 students coming from 70 different countries. It has three campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot; also the world’s largest Jewish studies library is located on its Edmond J. Safra Givat Ram campus. Some notable alumni are actress Natalie Portman, Nobel Prize laureates Daniel Kahneman, David Gross and Ada Yonath and former Presidents of Israel Ephraim Katzir, Yitzhak Navon, Moshe Katsav and Reuven Rivlin.
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – #198 QS World University Ranking
This is a public research university was established in 1912, making it the oldest university in the country. The institute offers degrees in science, engineering, architecture, medicine, industrial management and education. Technion’s faculty members currently include three Nobel Laureates in chemistry and other four Nobel Laureates have been associated with the university. In 1923 Albert Einstein visited and planted the first palm tree, as a Nobel tradition. There are four campuses located in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Cornell Tech in New York City and Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology in China. One of the university’s most notable achievements took place in 1998 when they successfully launched the “Gurwin TechSat II” microsatellite, making Technion one of five universities with a student program that designs, builds, and launches its own satellite. The satellite stayed in orbit until 2010.
Tel Aviv University – #203 QS World University Ranking
Tel Aviv University TAU is a public research university established in 1956 in Ramat Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel. The institute is composed of 9 faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and about 130 research institutes and centers. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012 ranked Tel Aviv University among the best 90 universities in the world. The ratings are based on an overall measure of reputation for research and teaching. In 2013, Tel Aviv University and Ruppin Academic Center created a study center at the Mediterranean Sea, where learners will have available to them, studies of matters impacting the sea ecosystems and its resources. In Germany, Tel Aviv University works jointly with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt in a long-lasting partnership agreement. In addition to that, TAU International offers thousands of students from across the world the opportunity to study at Tel Aviv University through programs designed in English.
Ben Gurion University of The Negev – #259 QS World University Ranking
Ben-Gurion University is a public research university in Beersheba, Israel. The university has five campuses: the Marcus Family Campus, the David Bergmann Campus, the David Tuviyahu Campus, Sede Boqer Campus and Eilat Campus. The institute was created in 1969 as the University of the Negev with the purpose of promoting the progress of the Negev desert, an arid land that makes up more than sixty percent of Israel. It was later renamed in honor to Israel’s founder and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion after his death in 1973.
The university aspires to be among the best inter-disciplinary research universities in the world and their recent climb in the QS world ranking clearly shows they are on the right track. The university went from unranked to #401 in 2014 and then to #259 in this year’s ranking. It was also ranked the Israeli university with the most international faculty and student body.
There are ten international programs available at Ben Gurion, some of the most notable are the Albert Katz International School of Desert Studies, the Medical School for International Health, the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program, the Israel Studies International Program, the Master of Arts Program in Middle East Studies and the Honors MBA Program.