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Stanford, MIT and Harvard top the inaugural Reuters Top 100 ranking of the most innovative universities

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 - Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University top the inaugural Reuters Top 100 ranking of the world`s most innovative universities. The Reuters Top 100 ranking aims to identify which institutions contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy. The ranking uses proprietary data and analysis tools from the Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters to examine a series of patent and research-related metrics, and get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.

How can potential partners, investors, faculty and students know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and affecting the global economy? To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank the world`s top 100 innovative universities, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university; and patent filings, which point to an institution`s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries.

Stanford edged out other tech giants and Ivy League stalwarts by scoring consistently well across each of our criteria with especially high marks when it came to articles and patents that were frequently cited by researchers elsewhere in the academic and corporate worlds.

Other key findings of the Reuters Top 100 include the strong performance of institutions outside the United States. Half of Reuters Top 100 Innovative Universities are located in Canada, Europe or Asia; Japan is home to nine of the Reuters Top 100 innovative universities - more than other country except the U.S. South Korea also performs well on the list: the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, or KAIST, is the only non-U.S. school to place in the top ten.

The most innovative university in Europe, Imperial College London, ranked No. 11 overall. Founded in 1907, it`s relatively young compared to the continent`s second and third-place universities, Belgium`s KU Leuven (No. 16, founded in 1425) and England`s University of Cambridge (No. 25, established in 1209). Elsewhere in Europe, Switzerland stands out: With three schools on the list and a population of just over 8 million people, it has more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in the world.

For more on the Reuters Top 100, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit

The Reuters Top 100: The World`s Most Innovative Universities

1 Stanford University

2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3 Harvard University

4 University of Washington

5 University of Michigan System

6 Northwestern University

7 University of Texas System

8 University of Wisconsin System

9 University of Pennsylvania

10 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)

11 Imperial College London

12 Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)

13 University of California System

14 University of Southern California

15 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

16 KU Leuven

17 Duke University

18 Osaka University

19 Johns Hopkins University

20 California Institute of Technology

21 University of Illinois System

22 Kyoto University

23 Georgia Institute of Technology

24 University of Tokyo

25 University of Cambridge

26 Princeton University

27 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

28 University of Colorado System

29 Ohio State University

30 University of Pittsburgh

31 Seoul National University

32 Purdue University System

33 Cornell University

34 Tufts University

34 Vanderbilt University

36 Yonsei University

37 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

38 University of Toronto

39 Tohoku University

40 University of Oxford

41 University of Utah

42 University of Minnesota System

43 Technical University of Denmark

44 Yale University

45 Columbia University

46 Oregon Health & Science University

47 Baylor College of Medicine

48 Emory University

49 Indiana University System

50 Technical University of Munich

51 Tokyo Institute of Technology

52 University of Erlangen Nuremberg

53 University of Zurich

54 University System of Maryland

55 University of Arizona

56 Carnegie Mellon University

57 University of Massachusetts System

58 Keio University

59 Boston University

60 University of Rochester

61 University of Munich

62 Hanyang University

63 Florida State University System

64 Pierre & Marie Curie University - Paris 6

65 Ghent University

66 Sungkyunkwan University

67 University of British Columbia

68 North Carolina State University

69 University of London

70 Penn State University

71 University of Chicago

72 Tsinghua University

73 Delft University of Technology

74 University of Virginia

75 Tel Aviv University

76 Technion Israel Institute of Technology

77 University of Freiburg

78 Wake Forest University

79 University of Paris Sud - Paris XI

80 University of Paris Descartes - Paris V

81 Kyushu University

82 Case Western Reserve University

83 University of Alabama System

84 Joseph Fourier University

84 Korea University

86 Arizona State University

86 Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology

88 University of Strasbourg

89 Nagoya University

90 University of Claude Bernard - Lyon 1

91 Rutgers State University

92 Erasmus University Rotterdam

93 State University of New York (SUNY) System

94 National University of Singapore

95 University of Manchester

96 Free University of Berlin

97 University of Aix-Marseille

98 Hokkaido University

99 University of Montpellier

100 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


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