The International Review Committee visited the Technion in March 2009. The committee comprised:
- Professor Ehud Heyman, Dean of Engineering, Tel Aviv University
- Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
- Professor Stepháne Mallat, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University
- Professor Rafael Reif (Chair), Provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
- Professor Sergio Verdú, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
In its report summary, the committee writes:
“The Electrical Engineering (EE) Department at the Technion is a world class academic unit. The faculty, the technical staff, and the undergraduate and graduate students are among the best that can be found in a top ranked institution anywhere in the world.
The EE Department at the Technion enjoys a tremendous international reputation and continues to carry out research of the highest quality. It is also well known that the graduates of this Department, whether with a B.Sc., M.Sc., or Ph.D., are as well prepared (if not better prepared) as EE graduates of any top ranked institution anywhere in the world. The education the undergraduate EE students at the Technion receive is, simply stated, outstanding. The undergraduate laboratories are absolutely superb.”
In response to the question “What is the academic standing of Technion’s Department of Electrical Engineering?”, the committee writes:
“The department does an impressive job preparing students for the electrical engineering profession, better than most if not all EE departments in the world. The department is an invaluable national resource as the main dynamo of the Israeli high-tech and electronics defense industries. Despite the severe higher-education funding cuts in Israel in recent years, the research standing of the department continues to be world-class, and in the same league as the 10 highest-ranked departments in the US. The department recognition within the Technion and the nation is unsurpassed. …”