27 July 2019

The Global Innovation Index is produced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, INSEAD and Cornell University in cooperation with Indian, French and Brazilian knowledge partners. It measures the ability of 129 national economies to produce innovative activity. There are eighty indicators covering Institutions, Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure, Market Sophistication, Knowledge and Technology Outputs, and Creative Outputs.The latest edition shows Switzerland holding the top position for the fifth year in a row and the USA rising three places to reach third place. Several Asian countries including China, South Korea, Vietnam and India have continued to make progress.

The top ten counties are:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Sweden
  3. United States
  4. Netherlands
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Finland
  7. Denmark
  8. Singapore
  9. Germany


The most innovative countries by region are:
North America; United States
Europe; Switzerland
North Africa and Western Asia; Israel
East and Southeast Asia/ Oceania; Singapore
Latin America and Caribbean; Chile
Sub-Saharan Africa; South Africa
Central and Southern Asia; India.


The top innovative countries by income group are:
High income: Switzerland
Upper-middle income; China
Lower-middle income; Vietnam
Low income; Rwanda.


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News from IREG Members

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod listed in the global ranking of the world's best university websites Webometrics

According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University now ranks 1383rd in the world and 67th among university websites in Eastern and Central Europe.

QS organize Reimagine Education conference on 8-10 December 2019 in London

Reimagine Education is the global conference for those interested in pedagogical innovation, cutting edge education technology, and means by which graduate employability can be nurtured.

Yeditepe University in Turkey organize the YIRCoF’19 conference

The Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresught and Futures will take place at Yeditepe University on 29-30 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The invited speaker are – Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems from University of Trento, Italy.

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