The most innovative universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2018

The most innovative universities in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Reuters ranking, have been revealed

June 11 2018
Most innovative universities in Asia 2018

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea has been named the most innovative university in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Reuters.

The Asia Pacific Ranking aims to identify and rank the educational insitutions in the region doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. 

The South Korean university tops this ranking for the third year running. Japan’s University of Tokyo is in second place and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea rounds out the top three.

The ranking is compiled by investigating patent filings and research paper citations of each university. The full methodology can be found here.

Just three institutions are new entries on this year’s list: the China University of Mining and Technology (56) Shandong University (67) and Xiamen University (74). All three are located in China.

The top 50 most innovative universities in Asia 2018

Rank University Country
1 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
2 The University of Tokyo Japan
3 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
4 Seoul National University South Korea
5 Tsinghua University China
6 Osaka University Japan
7 Kyoto University Japan
8 Sungkyunkwan University South Korea
9 Tohoku University Japan
10 National University of Singapore Singapore
11 Hanyang University South Korea
12 Peking University China
13 Yonsei University South Korea
14 Kyushu University Japan
15 Korea University South Korea
16 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
17 Fudan University China
18 Keio University Japan
19 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
20 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
21 Zhejiang University China
22 Chinese University of Hong Kong China
23 Hokkaido University Japan
24 Kyung Hee University South Korea
25 Monash University Australia
26 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
27 Ajou University South Korea
28 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
29 Hiroshima University Japan
30 Kumamoto University Japan
31 Nagoya University Japan
32 Beijing University of Chemical Technology China
33 East China University of Science and Technology  China
34 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan
35 Tianjin University China
36 University of Sydney Australia
37 Ewha Womans University South Korea
38 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology China
39 University of Auckland New Zealand
40 Shinshu University Japan
41 South China University of Technology China
42 University of Queensland Australia
43 Kanazawa University  Japan
44 China University of Petroleum, Beijing China
45 University of Melbourne Australia
46 Southeast University  China
47 University of Hong Kong China
48 University of Tsukuba Japan
49 The Catholic University of Korea South Korea
50 Nanjing University China

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