The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the top-ranking academic institute in Israel, according to the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University on August 15.

Technion rose in its overall ranking from 77th last year to its current spot: 69th out of 500 universities around the world and first place in Israel.

And Technion showed its strength in Computer Science by ranking 18th in the world. In addition, this year and for the first time, the Shanghai Ranking included a special ranking for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, in which the Technion ranked 39th (also the highest for an Israeli institution in that field.)

The Shanghai Ranking is considered the world’s leading ranking in higher education.

Its current list confirms the Technion’s place among the world’s 100 leading academic institutions.

“We are proud and pleased about the official recognition of the Technion’s leading status in the global arena,” said Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie following the publication of the Ranking. “This is the most important ranking in the world of academia, and this year it places us not only at the top of Israel’s academic institutions and in an excellent place in the global list, but also in a particularly impressive place in the field of electrical engineering, in addition to the high ranking in engineering and computer engineering,” said President Lavie.

“The consistent rise in the Technion’s ranking in the Shanghai Ranking proves that we are doing the right thing by investing unprecedented effort in recruiting the best faculty members and nurturing our students, who represent the best that Israel has to offer.”

The Shanghai Ranking was published shortly after the Nature Index Ranking, which ranked the Technion 26th in its 2016 list of Rising Stars, following a 40% increase in the Technion’s publications in leading scientific journals. The list includes the 100 institutions around the world that recorded the most significant progress in research between 2012 and 2015.

Once again, the elite U.S. universities of Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley top the ARWU, followed by the UK’s University of Cambridge in 4th place and MIT in 5th.