Top 100 most innovative universities in the world 2017

Stanford University maintains its position as the world’s most innovative university for the third year running according to the Reuters 2017 ranking 

September 29 2017
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Stanford University has been named the most innovative university in the world for the third consecutive year according to the latest ranking by Reuters.

The top 10 of the annual ranking remains largely unchanged from 2016, with nine of last year’s top 10 remaining in this year’s top 10. Vanderbilt University in the US is this year’s new entry into the top 10 at number 10.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have retained their second and third places from last year. US universities take just over half of the places in the table with 51 universities represented in the top 100. 

In fifth place, KU Leuven in Belgium, which topped Reuters’ ranking of the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe 2017, is the highest ranked university from outside the US. At number 15, Imperial College London is the highest ranked UK university. European universities take 26 places in the top 100, with Germany, France and the UK as the most represented European countries.  

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is the highest ranked Asian university at number 6 and there are 20 universities from Asia in the ranking, including institutions from Japan, South Korea and China. 

Institutions were ranked across 10 different metrics including academic papers and patent filings. 


Top 100 most innovative universities in the world 2017

Innovation Rank 2017 University Country
1 USA
2 USA
3 USA
4 USA
5 Belgium
6 South Korea
7 USA
8
University of Michigan System
USA
9
University of Texas System
USA
10 USA
11 USA
12
University of California System
USA
13 USA
14 South Korea
15 United Kingdom
16 USA
17 USA
18
University of Wisconsin System
USA
19 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
20 USA
21 Japan
22 USA
23 USA
24 South Korea
25
University of Illinois System
USA
26 United Kingdom
27
Indiana University System
USA
28 France
29
University of Colorado System
USA
30 USA
31 United Kingdom
32
Purdue University System
USA
33 USA
34 Japan
35
University of North Carolina System
USA
36 USA
37 USA
38 USA
39 Japan
40 Germany
41 USA
42 Japan
43 USA
44 USA
45 Japan
46 Canada
47
University of Minnesota System
USa
48 South Korea
49 USA
50 Germany
51 China
52 USA
53 USA
54 USA
55 Switzerland
56 Netherlands
57
University of Massachusetts System
USA
58 Canada
59 Switzerland
60 China
61 South Korea
62 France
63 USA
64 Germany
65 Denmark
66 USA
67 United Kingdom
68 Japan
69 South Korea
70 Singapore
71
State University of New York System
USA
72 USA
73 Japan
74 Denmark
75 Belgium
76 USA
77 South Korea
78 USA
79 USA
80 United Kingdom
81 Germany
82 Jerusalem
83 South Korea
84 Netherlands
85 USA
86 Germany
87 France
88 Israel
89 Israel
90 Paris Descartes University France
91 Germany
92 USA
93 Paris-Sud University France
94 USA
95 Japan
96 USA
97 Germany
98 USA
99 USA
100 China

Read more: The 100 most innovative universities in Europe

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