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Israeli universities rank among the top in the Middle East as well as worldwide, the 2015 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking poll revealed Monday. 

Six of Israel's nine universities made THE's top 800 universities list. 

Of those, Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked highest at #178 worldwide, followed by Tel Aviv University (TAU) in the 201-250 range, Technion University in Haifa at the 301-350 range, and Bar-Ilan University among the 401-500 range.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva and Haifa University rounded out the bottom of the list at the 501-600 range. 

The universities which did not make the list include Ariel University, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Open University. 

“It is good news for Israel to have once again made this prestigious list of the world’s top universities. It is now among one of 70 countries in the elite four per cent of universities in the world - something it can be very proud of achieving again this year," Phil Blaty, editor of the THE rankings, stated. 

The THE ranking system includes 800 universities from 70 countries, all of which are evaluated based on a combination of criteria - including the research output, reputation, student satisfaction, and teacher-to-student ratio. 

This is the second time in two months six Israeli universities have made a top 500 list for world academia. Last month, Hebrew University again topped the list in another ranking system: the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).