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

September 16, 2015 - London

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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