(JNS.org) Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has been named the top research institution outside the U.S. and the sixth-best in the world, in an annual innovation index published by the British journal Nature.
“Our high place in this index reflects our guiding philosophy, which says that we recruit scientists who are among the best in the world and let them follow their curiosity,” said Weizmann Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman.
“That is what leads, in the end, to innovative and surprising new applications that shape the future,” he said.
The Israeli research university was the only non-U.S. institution to be ranked in the top 15 among the 200 universities on the journal’s list. Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked 56th, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology was 121st and Tel Aviv University came in 156th.
The index ranks the influence of research institutes by examining the registered patents held by third parties, rather than those held by the institutes themselves, as well as the number of instances in which published works from the institutes are cited. San Diego-based Scripps Research Institute, followed by Rockefeller University in New York City and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were the top three institutes in this year’s rankings.