Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Strenger than Fiction

The following is a repost by Carlo Strenger from Haaretz.com
Published on March 18, 2011

Tel Aviv is up there with Harvard, MIT and Princeton - for now.  Although Tel Aviv University is off the charts in the caliber of its research, its professor to student ratio is abysmal, with not enough faculty members on staff due to serious lack of funds.

I am glad to read in Haaretz something I already new: Professor Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, a colleague of mine at the psychology department at Tel Aviv University and currently chair of the department, is on the verge of a major breakthrough in the prevention of metastatic development in cancer. His research so far has been funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and is now moving into clinical trial with humans.

Ben-Eliyahu exemplifies something that is known to insiders of the academic world, but not much beyond: Tel Aviv University has been ranked number 11 worldwide in citations per faculty in 2010 – a truly staggering result. TAU gets 100 of 100 in this domain, right up there with Harvard, MIT and Princeton, and surpasses illustrious schools such as Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and Columbia, which are graded in the high 90s.

Read the entire article at http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/strenger-than-fiction/tel-aviv-is-up-there-with-harvard-mit-and-princeton-for-now-1.350114

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