Reuters Top 100 Innovative Universities

Reuters Top 100 Innovative Universities

Not just in the world of business, but also in the educational field, the most oft-cited word is ‘innovation’. But, the fact is that the usage of this term is highly inconsistent. It is actually a hard to measure arena and this sort of immeasurability can bring a huge roadblock to the technological and economic development of a country.

How about educational field?

Right from the Second World War, universities from around the world have been relied on for conversion of public funding into knowledge and products that can bring about an improvement in the international economy. Here comes the question how can students, faculty members, investors and potential partners get to know whether their institution is actually making changes to the science and technology. Also, they wish to know whether a positive impact is brought about in the global economy by the institution.

Reuters to give answer to this question:

With a view to provide answer to this question, Reuters, the international news agency has decided to identify and rank the world’s top 100 innovative universities on the basis of observation and experiment with the help of a method that employs 10 varied metrics.


When ranking the top universities, Reuters, paid attention to educational papers that show case fundamental researches performed at the university, its patent filings that state the interest in safeguarding the interest of the university and commercializing the findings. The list was compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. It was compiled with the help of analysis devices and proprietary data.

Leading the list:

The international list of top 100 innovative universities is topped by the Stanford University. This university has earned the top position because of her innovation in the fields of computer hardware and software. The great thing about this university is that her alumni have founded some of the biggest companies all over the world, inclusive of Google, Yahoo and HP.

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It was compiled with the help of analysis devices and proprietary data.
Leading the list:
The international list of top 100 innovative universities is topped by the Stanford University. This university has earned the top position because of her innovation in the fields of computer hardware and software. The great thing about this university is that her alumni have founded some of the biggest companies all over the world, inclusive of Google, Yahoo and HP. Also, a study conducted in the year 2016 states that the companies that were established by her alumni are making total international revenue of $2.7 trillion every year.
Standing top in different arenas:
Stanford University topped the list by showing her uniqueness as compared to many other universities that has performed well in the field of technology. This is because she scored consistently well across different criterion on which the rating was given by Reuters. Particularly, the university has shown great performance in the arena of impactful research. This means that her patents and articles are regularly cited by researchers not just in educational world, but also in the corporate world. Stanford Online courses are also show casing the innovativeness of the university to provide the best learning experience to students.
Other important findings:
The other findings of Reuters states that many institutions outside the United States have shown great performance. It is good that half of the positions in the top 100 innovative universities are located in Asia, Europe and Canada. The only non-US university to find place in the top 10 positions is the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology from South Korea. Even, it is found that 9 institutions from Japan have found their place in the top 100 innovative universities list.
The Imperial College London from Europe has got the 11th position and this college is comparatively young as compared to the institutions that got second and third positions from this continent. These institutions got the 16th and 25th positions respectively in the top 100 innovative university list. In this continent, Switzerland is a country that stands out with three of her schools in the list. This country with a population of just 8 million people has many institutions in the top 100 list and she has the largest per capita as compared to the universities and institutions from the other countries in the world. Now, let us find the list of top 100 universities:
List of top 100 universities in 2016:
1. Stanford University
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
3. Harvard University
4. University of Washington
5. University of Michigan
6. Northwestern University
7. University of Texas
8. University of Wiscons
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
14. University of Southern California
15. University of North Carolina
16. KU Leuven
17. Duke University
18. Osaka University
19. Johns Hopkins University
20. California Institute of Technology
21. University of Illinois
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
29. Ohio State University
30. University of Pittsburgh
31. Seoul National University
32. Purdue University
33. Cornell University
34. Tufts University
35. Vanderbilt University
36. Yonsei University
37. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
38. University of Toronto
39. Tohoku University
40. University of Oxford
41. University of Utah
42. University of Minnesota
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
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
58. Keio University
59. Boston University
60. University of Rochester
61. University of Munich
62. Hanyang University
63. Florida State University
64. Pierre & Marie Curie University
65. Ghent University
66. Sungkyunkwan University
67. University of British
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
84. Joseph Fourier University
85. Korea University
86. Arizona State University
87. 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)
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
Regardless of whether a university holds one among the top five positions or whether it is at the end of the top 100, these are the best in the world. This elite list was prepared after several reviews. But, if an institution does not find place in this list, it does not indicate that it fails to innovate.
As most of us know Stanford University and Harvard University are world known and besides these universities, this list from Reuters clearly states the innovative institutions from around the world.

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