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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked as the best university in the Middle East, according to the Center for World University Rankings based in Saudi Arabia, JTA reported Tuesday.

The center also ranked the university 26th among more than 25,000 degree-conferring universities from all over the world, it announced in a statement.

Other Israeli universities to finish in the top 100 were the Weizmann Institute of Science, at 41, and Tel Aviv University, at 81.

Among the factors considered in rating the world's top 1,000 universities were quality of education and faculty. Hebrew University placed 16th and 15th, respectively. Other categories were alumni employment, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents.

The top 10 schools were all either from the United States or the United Kingdom, with Harvard ranked first followed by Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Princeton and Yale.

A few weeks ago, six Israeli institutions appeared on the list of top 200 universities in Asia, as published by The Times Higher Education.

Two Israeli universities made the top 20 list – Hebrew University of Jerusalem tied at 17th with Korea University, and Tel Aviv University ranked 20th.

Technion Israel Institute of Technology ranked in 36th place, followed by Bar-Ilan University at 67th, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at 79th and the University of Haifa at 87th.

And last year, six of Israel's eight universities were listed among the world's top 500 universities, with two in the top 100.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was ranked #1 in Israel and #67 among the top universities in the world in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities - up three slots from 2014, but not quite back to its #59 place in 2013. Haifa's Technion was #2 in Israel and #77 in the world.

The Weizmann Institute in Rehovot ranked #3 for Israeli universities in 2015, and Tel Aviv University at #4; both were in the top 101-150 universities of the world.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva and Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan ranked #5 and #6, respectively, and were among the top 500 world universities.

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