The 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World

September 21, 2015

11:00 am

Last week, Reuters released its Top 100 ranking of the most innovative universities in the world, topped by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.

Also included in the top 10 were several public university systems: the University of Michigan (#5), the University of Texas (#7), and the University of Wisconsin (#8).

The ranking used Reuters data to help identify which institutions are contributing the most to the science and technology industries on a global scale. The criteria for analysis included:

  • Number of patents filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Patent success (ratio of applications to grants)
  • Percentage of patents filed in the US, European, and Japanese patent offices (to indicate an important, global invention)
  • Number of times a patent is cited by other patents
  • Percent of patents cited by other patents
  • Total journal articles published
  • Number of times a journal article is cited by patents
  • Number of times a journal article is cited by other articles
  • Percentage of journal articles written with a co-author from a commercial company (to indicate possible commercial application)

Among the top 100, about half the universities are located outside the United States, including nine in Japan. The highest-ranked foreign universities are the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (#10) and Imperial College London (#11). Switzerland has the most innovative universities per capita, with three in the top 100.

“The institutions recognized here most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact. They are the surest bets for anyone seeking to invest in and create real innovation,” says Reuters.

Here’s the full 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

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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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact