Technion Ranked First Worldwide in Digital Education

November 28, 2017
Kevin Hattori

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is the world’s leading academic institution when it comes to preparing students to take top positions in the digital revolution. In a recent survey published by Times Higher Education, representatives of global leading companies were questioned about the skills required to succeed in today’s labor market. The resulting survey was a veritable who’s who of top academic institutions for providing the best digital skills, with the Technion number one. The University College of London (UCL) ranked second, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) was third. The only US academic institute to crack the top ten was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which came in at number six.

Source: Times Higher Education

“This is a badge of honor for the Technion,” said Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie. “In recent years, the Technion has placed considerable emphasis on training its students to meet the changing needs of the digital revolution. As a result, the Technion’s interdisciplinary research is expanding and advancing by leaps and bounds, in a process integrating life sciences and engineering. In addition, advanced learning technologies are being implemented, including the introduction of MOOCs – massive online open courses in various languages – and the development of the flipped classroom approach. This flipped approach emphasizes self-study by students using state-of-the-art technology that includes augmented reality. In addition, the strengthening of Technion’s global standing, reflected by the Technion branches in New York and China, and by strategic partnerships worldwide, helps us attend to the changing needs of global industries.”

The survey’s authors note that global academic institutions are increasingly evaluated according to the employability of their graduates, and that in some places around the world, government support for institutions is linked to graduate success in the labor market.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy.

American Technion Society (ATS) donors provide critical support for the Technion—more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its network of supporters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.