Exemplary scientific research in Amsterdam

The Netherlands’ national research institute for mathematics and computer science, The Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), continues to gain international recognition.

A recent evaluation by a committee of independent international experts rated CWI as excellent and a world leader for quality of research, relevance to society and future visibility. The institute, which is located at Amsterdam Science Park received the highest scores possible, based on a site visit, a self-evaluation and CWI’s scientific output between 2011 and 2016.

“CWI conducts top research with high international influence on the relevant research fields, and its leadership is recognised by international peers,” said the committee. “It makes outstanding contributions to society and is excellently equipped for the future.”

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“At CWI, quality is our number-one priority, and we’re proud that the results of the evaluation reflect that,” said Jos Baeten, CWI’s director. “The committee confirmed that CWI competes with the top research institutes in the world in our field – this is especially important now; because of the ongoing digitalisation of our society, our research fields of mathematics and computer science are more relevant than ever before.”

And CWI has always been at the forefront of innovation: it registered one of the world’s first country domains (.nl) in 1986, it was the birthplace of internet in Europe in 1988, it kick-started the Python programming language back in the ‘90s – the list goes on.