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BGU Ranked in the World’s Top Cyber Research Schools

BGU Ranked in the World’s Top Cyber Research Schools

September 18, 2014

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The Times of Israel — Two Israeli universities made a list of the top 100 schools in the world for cyber research, put together by an expert at BGU, Prof. Lior Rokach, an information systems engineer.

F2_bgu innovation_feedBen-Gurion University of the Negev ranks 49, and the Technion ranked 91.

The system ranks universities based on the quantity and quality of the academic journal articles published by their faculties.

The quality of a journal article is determined by the “impact factor” of the journal that publishes it.

Prestigious American universities like MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Princeton University are near the top of the list, but the two highest ranked universities are from the Far East: Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

American universities round out the top five: Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Illinois.

The fact that BGU came in at 49 and the Technion at 91 is notable since the system gives a non-averaged score, rewarding volume. That means larger universities have an advantage, and the two Israeli schools are relatively small.

“The Chinese universities did well for several reasons: They are large, they are becoming stronger and stronger in all fields, and they are young, which means they can jump on new fields that offer a lot of funding,” says Prof. Rokach.

“As far as Ben-Gurion’s ranking, it think it describes very nicely the university’s focus on cyber. It’s not surprising for me that we got a relatively high score.”

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