Stanford, MIT, Harvard top ‘most innovative universities’ list

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Credit: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Lists that rank universities by this or that measure are a dime a dozen, but this one seems noteworthy because it focuses on contributions to science and technology.

From a Reuters press release.

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.

The release notes that half of the universities on the list are located in Canada, Europe and Asia.

Of parochial interest here in Massachusetts, it’s worth noting that in addition to the no-brainers that are MIT and Harvard, Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts system made the list. Not so Boston College or my alma mater, Northeastern.

Reuters provides profiles of the universities and more information about methodology here.

Here’s the list:

  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
  35. 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
  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) 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

I also want to note the appearance of the University of Wisconsin system in the Top 10 and anticipate the ads from Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker proclaiming: “We’re No. 8! We’re No. 8!”

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