The World's Most Innovative Universities 2017

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Reuters has identified the universities doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.

The universities leading the advances in science and developing the most revolutionary technologies in the world have been identified and ranked. Reuters has published their annual ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities. 

This year, the most innovative university in the world, for the third consecutive year, is Stanford University. “Stanford has long played a key role in the development of our modern networked world,” writes David Ewalt for Reuters. “Today the university continues to consistently produce original research and technology.”

In the second and third place are MIT and Harvard, respectively. While in the fourth place is the University of Pennsylvania, climbing four spots from #8 last year. Overall, the top ranks of The World's Most Innovative Universities are based in the United States and Western Europe. 

Outside the U.S., the highest ranked university is Belgium’s KU Leuven, placed in the fifth place. In the Top 20 and representing Asia, are two Korean universities: South Korea’s KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ranked in the sixth place and Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) in the 14th spot. 

Overall, Reuters’ Top 100 consists of 51 universities based in North America, 26 in Europe, 20 in Asia and 3 in the Middle East.

To develop this ranking, Reuters gathered information from more than 600 institutions based on data from Clarivate Analytics and its research platforms such as InCites, Web of Science, Derwent Innovations Index, Derwent World Patents Index and Patents Citation Index. Then they evaluated each candidate based on 10 different indicators: Patent Volume, Patent Success, Global Patents, Patent Citations, Patent Citation Impact, Percent of Patents Cited, Patent to Article Citation Impact,  Industry Article Citation Impact, Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles, and Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers. 

Reuters Top 20 Most Innovative Universities 2017

  1. Stanford University - USA
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - USA
  3. Harvard University - USA
  4. University of Pennsylvania - USA
  5. KU Leuven - Belgium
  6. KAIST - South Korea
  7. University of Washington - USA
  8. University of Michigan System - USA
  9. University of Texas System - USA
  10. Vanderbilt University - USA
  11. Duke University - USA
  12. University of California System - USA
  13. Northwestern University - USA
  14. Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) - South Korea
  15. Imperial College London - United Kingdom
  16. Cornell University - USA
  17. California Institute of Technology - USA
  18. University of Wisconsin System - USA
  19. Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne - Switzerland
  20. University of Southern California - USA


To see the full table of universities, visit the Reuters site