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Asian Religious Leaders Discuss Peace, Environment With Israeli Counterparts at Hebrew University's Truman Institute

13/09/2016

A delegation of Asian religious leaders visited the Hebrew University of Jerusalem today to hold a day of discussions at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. The leaders met with their Israeli counterparts from religion and academia to exchange ideas on issues ranging from the advancement of peace to the protection of environment.

The delegation included representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Shinto, Sikh, Taoist and Zoroastrian faiths, from countries including China, India, Japan, Myanmar, South Korea and Taiwan.

The meeting opened with a prayer and meditation session, followed by discussions about safeguarding the ecology of planet earth in the industrial age, and the role of religious leadership in peacemaking.

Bawa Jain, Secretary General of the World Council of Religious Leaders, said: "Participants in this conference are leaders of forty percent of the world's population, with over three billion followers. That this day took place, and at the Truman Institute, is natural because the Institute is a meeting place where politics, religion and culture come together."

The meeting was part of "Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Realities: A Meeting of Israel-Asia Faith Leaders," a first-of-its kind conference organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the American Jewish Committee and the World Council of Religious Leaders. 

Asian Religious Leaders Discuss Peace, Environment With Israeli Counterparts at Hebrew University's Truman Institute
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Hebrew University Ranked #17 in Asia, First in Israel, in 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings

21/06/2016

Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings: "Hebrew University research is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and is being cited globally."

In the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released today, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked #17 in Asia. The Hebrew University moved up 8 spots from #25 last year, to #17 this year. The Hebrew University is also the highest-rated Israeli university in the new Asia University Rankings.   

These are the fourth annual Asia University Rankings, Times Higher Education’s ranking of the top 200 universities in Asia. The full rankings table can be found at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2016/regional-ranking.

Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “This ranking judges world class universities across their full range of activities — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – using Times Higher Education’s trusted, rigorous standards. To emerge as Israel’s number one university and 17th across the entire continent of Asia is a major achievement and something to be celebrated. Hebrew University has shown particular strength in research impact – our analysis demonstrates that its research is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and is being cited globally.”

"The 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings rank the top 200 universities in Asia, and are based on the same rigorous criteria as the THE World University Rankings – but with special modifications to better reflect the characteristics of Asia’s universities. We judge world class universities employing 13 separate performance indicators across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook," according to Times Higher Education.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s leading academic and research institution, producing one-third of all civilian research in Israel. For more information, visit http://new.huji.ac.il/en.

Hebrew University Ranked #17 in Asia, First in Israel, in 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings
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