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Digital Leaders: top universities for digital entrepreneurship

In this digital leaders table, the CVs of tech executives and directors are analysed to see where they went to university 

May 10 2022
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Entrepreneurship is becoming one of the most important skills that students can acquire.

In a suite of rankings put together by French consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, students can explore which universities have a good reputation in providing a digital education and encouraging tech skills and entrepreneurship.

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The table was put together through the screening of 75,000 CVs of executives at the world’s leading digital companies, as ranked by Crunchbase. This analysis was combined with a live survey led by Trendence from a global panel of 3,500 selected digital professionals, corporate IT executives, start-up executives, and young digital professionals worldwide. The full methodology can be found here

The top five universities are based in the UK and the US, while the highest ranking university outside these two countries is Technical University of Munich in Germany.

While the UK and the US are the most represented countries, universities in Germany, Canada and Australia with 10 universities each and India with nine universities represented. 

Top three universities for digital entrepreneurship

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, private university located in Massachusetts, United States.

It has a strong reputation for teaching and learning in science and technology courses. As well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses, MIT offers a range of executive courses in digital business strategy, AI and business analytics.

There is also a range of student societies that encourage entrepreneurship and digital skills, among them the entrepreneur club, the FinTech club and the technology club.

2. Harvard University

Harvard University is an Ivy League institution located in Massachusetts, United States. Despite being one of the oldest universities in the US, Harvard encourages entrepreneurship both in and out of the classroom.

Societies such as the entrepreneurship club, the blockchain and crypto club and the business ideas for generational shifts club encourage students to think about entrepreneurship and digital skills beyond their studies.

The Rock Centre for Entrepreneurship encourages students to develop their ideas with a range of competitions, mentoring sessions and fellowships.

3. Stanford University

Stanford University’s proximity to Silicon Valley means that students have opportunities to conduct work placements and projects at a number of tech and digital companies.

Entrepreneurship is encouraged at the university, with a number of student clubs such as the big ideas club, the entrepreneur club, the tech club and the sustainable business club.

As well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, computer science and management, Stanford University offers a range of short courses in entrepreneurship and business modelling.

Top universities for digital entrepreneurship 2022

Rank University Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT United States
2 Harvard University United States
3 Stanford University United States
4 Yale University United States
5 University of Oxford United Kingdom
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
7 Technical University of Munich Germany
8 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT) India
9 Technical University of Berlin Germany
10 Columbia University United States
11 University of California, Berkeley United States
12 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT Germany
13 IE University Spain
14 École Polytechnique  France
15 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Germany
16 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad India
17 Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
18 Princeton University United States
19 Harvard Business School United States
19 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
21 Free University of Berlin Germany
22 CentraleSupélec  France
23 California Institute of Technology United States
23 Cornell University United States
25 Centrale Lyon France
26 University of Toronto Canada
27 Ecole Normale Supérieure France
28 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
29 New York University United States
30 LMU Munich Germany
31 Mines ParisTech  France
31 Tel Aviv University Israel
31 University of California, Los Angeles  United States
34 University of British Columbia Canada
35 Duke University United States
36 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
37 Boston University United States
37 University of Melbourne Australia
39 University of Southern California United States
40 University of Pennsylvania United States
41 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
41 UNSW Sydney Australia
41 University of Sydney Australia
44 University of Washington United States
45 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani India
45 Sorbonne University  France
47 Queensland University of Technology Australia
48 King's College London United Kingdom
49 Washington State University United States
50 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India
50 RWTH Aachen University Germany
52 Imperial College London United Kingdom
52 London School of Economics and Political Science  United Kingdom
52 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
55 École des Ponts ParisTech France
56 California Polytechnic State University United States
56 University of Technology Sydney Australia
58 California State University United States
58 TU Dresden  Germany
60 McGill University Canada
60 RMIT University Australia
62 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
62 The University of Queensland Australia
64 UCL United Kingdom
65 Arts et Métiers France
65 University of Delhi India
65 Monash University Australia
68 Virginia Tech United States
69 The University of Tokyo Japan
70 Australian National University Australia
70 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
70 University of Wisconsin - Madison United States
73 Paris Dauphine University France
74 Carnegie Mellon University United States
74 University of Manchester United Kingdom
74 University of Ottawa Canada
77 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
77 Télécom Paris - Institut Polytechnique de Paris  France
77 University of Alberta Canada
77 The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania United States
81 Brown University United States
81 Georgetown University United States
81 Macquarie University Australia
84 Boston College United States
84 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
84 Illinois Institute of Technology United States
87 Dartmouth College United States
87 University of Montreal/HEC Canada
89 Bangalore University India
89 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
89 University of Virginia United States
92 Vanderbilt University United States
93 Queen's University Canada
93 University of Calgary Canada
95 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
96 Brigham Young University (BYU) United States
97 Northwestern University United States
97 Western University Canada
99 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
99 University of Bristol United Kingdom
99 University of Victoria Canada

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