The most innovative universities in the world 2018

North American universities account for nearly half of the list of the most innovative universities in the world, according to the latest Reuters ranking

October 17 2018
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North American universities dominate the list of the most innovative universities in the world, according to data collected by Clarivate Analytics in partnership with Reuters. 

The fourth annual ranking of the world’s most innovative universities shows that 48 North American universities feature among the top 100 – 46 from the USA and two from Canada. 

Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have claimed the top three spots, respectively.

Some 27 European universities are featured in the table, with KU Leuven in Belgium the highest-ranked at number seven. The highest-ranked university from the UK is Imperial College London at number eight. 

Asia is represented by 23 universities, with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) just missing the top 10, coming in at number 11.

The list is based on empirical data, including patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science, to identify the universities that are most successful in advancing science, inventing new technologies and powering new markets and industries.


The 50 most innovative universities in the world 

Innovation Rank 2019

University

Country/region

1

Stanford University

USA

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

3

Harvard University

USA

4

University of Pennsylvania

USA

5

University of Washington

USA

6

University of Texas System

USA

7

KU Leuven

Belgium

8

Imperial College London

UK

9

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

USA

10

Vanderbilt University

USA

11

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

12

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

13

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

South Korea

14

University of California System

USA

15

University of Southern California

USA

16

Cornell University

USA

17

Duke University

USA

18

University of Cambridge

UK

19

Johns Hopkins University

USA

20

The University of Tokyo

Japan

21

California Institute of Technology

USA

22

Osaka University

Japan

23

University of Michigan System

USA

24

Northwestern University

USA

25

University of Wisconsin System

USA

26

Kyoto University

Japan

27

University of Minnesota System

USA

28

University of Illinois System

USA

29

Georgia Institute of Technology

USA

30

University of Utah

USA

31

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Germany

32

Ohio State University

USA

33

Columbia University

USA

34

Seoul National University

South Korea

35

University of Toronto

Canada

36

Tohoku University

Japan

37

University of Pittsburgh

USA

38

Yale University

USA

39

Sungkyunkwan University

South Korea

40

University of Oxford

UK

41

University of Colorado System

USA

42

Tufts University

USA

43

Baylor College of Medicine

USA

44

Tsinghua University

China

45

Technical University of Munich

Germany

46

Kyushu University

Japan

47

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

48

UCL

UK

49

ETH Zurich

Switzerland

50

Purdue University System

USA

Read more: see the full list of top 100 universities most innovative universities 

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