Top universities for working with most innovative firms

Data reveal institutions that have co-authored the most papers with top 25 firms in new innovation list

January 11, 2017
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The Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology has topped a list of the universities that have co-authored the most papers with the world’s most innovative organisations.

The Dutch institution published 1,316 papers with the top 25 companies that feature in Clarivate Analytics’ list of the Top 100 Global Innovators – almost a quarter more than Harvard University, which takes second place in the university table.

However, Harvard comes out ahead on the citation impact of these papers, with a score of 3.71 (compared with a world average of 1.0).

US universities dominate the table from Clarivate Analytics, with 14 institutions featured. The Netherlands has four representatives, Japan has two, and France, England, mainland China, Canada and Belgium each have one.

Several of the institutions are located near or have links to one or several of the companies in the innovation list.

For example, Dutch technology company Philips was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 (Eindhoven University of Technology); Sony and Hitachi are based in Tokyo (University of Tokyo); 3M is headquartered in Minnesota (University of Minnesota); Dow Chemical is based in Michigan (University of Michigan); and Thales Group is situated just outside Paris (University Paris-Saclay).

The ranking is based on the papers featured in Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science) Web of Science database between 1980 and the present day, with metrics calculated in the InCites platform.

The citation impact is calculated by dividing the actual number of cited papers by the expected citation rate for documents of the same type, year of publication and subject area.

The Top 100 Global Innovators list was produced by analysing patent and citation data in terms of volume, success, globalisation and influence.

Times Higher Education will hold its first Innovation and Impact Summit in partnership with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in May and June 2017.

Universities that have published the most research with innovative firms

Rank University Country Web of Science documents Category normalised citation impact
1 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands 1,316 1.55
2 Harvard University US 1,064 3.71
3 University of Washington  US 872 2.26
4 University of Science and Technology of China Mainland China 812 1.2
5 University of Minnesota  US 790 1.71
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US 718 2.55
7 University of California, San Diego US 703 2.5
8 Stanford University US 683 3.17
9 Delft University of Technology Netherlands 671 2.21
10 University of Michigan US 649 2.06
11 University of Pennsylvania US 628 2.89
12 KU Leuven Belgium 607 2.93
13 University of California, Berkeley US 600 2.77
14 University of Tokyo Japan 596 1.42
15 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign US 555 2.7
16 University Paris-Saclay (ComUE) France 554 2.11
17 Tohoku University Japan 523 1.47
18 University of Toronto Canada 513 2.79
19 Johns Hopkins University US 512 2.9
20 Utrecht University Netherlands 506 1.75
21 University of Amsterdam Netherlands 505 1.92
22 University of Cambridge England 504 2.97
23 Carnegie Mellon University US 476 1.63
24 Purdue University US 452 1.42
25 University of California, Los Angeles US 432 2.31

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