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Two Israel universities were recognized as outstanding research facilities among the world’s best academic institutions founded within the past 50 years.

By TPS

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Haifa have been recognized as outstanding research institutions by the Nature Index university ranking and were featured in the site’s ranking of the world’s 175 best “Young Universities,” defined as academic institutions founded within the past 50 years.

BGU, founded in 1969, was ranked 15th, while the University of Haifa, founded three years later, came in 88th.

The index tracks dozens of academic natural science journals to determine the research output of universities around the world. It measures an article count across 82 academic publications, determining the number of articles published by an institution and affiliated authors.

Additionally, the fractional count is measured, determining the share of universities’ contribution to each article.

Physical sciences were BGU’s strongest suit, followed by chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and life sciences.

Nature Index also analyzed which field the respective universities performed best in, with BGU Ranking 11th in Earth & Environmental Sciences. Haifa came in 25th for Life Sciences.

“It is a clear indication that the University is on the right track as it matures into its second half-century,” BGU stated Thursday.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University (TAU) are regularly ranked as Israel’s most prestigious universities in international rankings.

Focusing on natural sciences, Nature Index ranked the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) above the Hebrew University and TAU.

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