The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Haifa’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are among the world’s top 300 universities, according to the latest annual QS World University Rankings for 2019-2020.Hebrew University remains Israel’s premier academic institution, despite slipping eight places in the rankings to 162nd worldwide. Founded in 1918, the university is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development, producing one-third of Israeli’s civilian research.Tel Aviv University climbed 11 places to 219th place, while the Technion dropped by 10 places to 257th in the rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was named the world’s top university for the eighth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. ETH Zurich, ranked in sixth place worldwide, is the only non-American and non-British university to feature among the top 10 universities.University performance was evaluated according to six metrics: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty/student ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio; and international student ratio.Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (419), Bar-Ilan University (551-560) and the University of Haifa (651-700) also featured in the top 1,000 world rankings.On Wednesday, renowned scientific journal Nature named the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot as the third best university worldwide for high-quality research in the natural sciences. Stating that “size is not everything,” Nature’s normalized ranking evaluates the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences, based on research published in 82 natural science journals.The normalized ranking listed New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and the Weizmann Institute as the three leading institutions worldwide.“We have known for a long time that size is irrelevant when it comes to excellence in science,” said Weizmann Institute president Daniel Zajfman.“For the Weizmann Institute of Science, striving to be the best involves attracting the best scientists and letting them follow their curiosity. Interdisciplinarity and collaboration across fields and across countries are simply part of our DNA, and we are proud of that fact.“The Nature Index normalized ranking truly showcases the quality of top research, showing you don’t have to be big to be on the cutting edge of global science.