27 September 2017
Reuters has released the latest edition of its 100 innovative global universities ranking. Top of the list is Stanford university in California followed by MIT and Harvard. Over half of the top universities were US or Canadian. Asia is fairly well represented with eight universities apiece from japan and South Korea, one from Singapore and one from Israel. There are also 20 European universities. The top Asian performer is KU Leuven and the top Asian institution (KAIST). There are no Latin American, African, Eastern European, Australian or South Asian universities in the top one hundred.
The data was prepared by Clarivate Analytics and derived from the following databases: InCites, Web of Science, Derwent Innovations Index, Derwent World Patents Index, and the Patents Citations Index. Only institutions with 70 or more World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) patents, a larger threshold than that used for the regional rankings, were included.
Altogether there were ten 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. The final score was calculated by summing the ranks of each of these indicators.
The top ten universities or university systems are:
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Harvard University
- University of Pennsylvania
- KU Leuven
- Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
- University of Washington
- University of Michigan System
- University of Texas System
- Vanderbilt University.