The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot has been named the top research institution in the world outside the United States, and the sixth-best overall in an international ranking.

Weizmann President Professor Daniel Zajfman credited the school’s approach to research for the ranking, saying “We recruit scientists who are among the best in the world and let them follow their curiosity.

“That is what leads, in the end, to innovative and surprising new applications that shape the future,” Zajfman said.

The Institute was the only overseas body to make it into the top 15 of the 2017 Nature Index, published by, beating out American West Coast powerhouses Caltech and Stanford University.

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