May 22, 2022

Thomson Reuters Releases Inaugural “World’s Most Innovative Universities” Rankings

From TR:

Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University top the inaugural Reuters Top 100 ranking of the world’s most innovative universities.

The Reuters Top 100 ranking aims to identify which institutions contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy. The ranking uses proprietary data and analysis tools from the Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters to examine a series of patent and research-related metrics, and get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.


Reuters set out to find and rank the world’s top 100 innovative universities empirically, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university, and patent filings, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries. Compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the list uses proprietary data and analysis tools.


Top 25 From Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities

1          Stanford University

2          Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3          Harvard University

4          University of Washington

5          University of Michigan System

6          Northwestern University

7          University of Texas System

8          University of Wisconsin System

9          University of Pennsylvania

10         Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)

11         Imperial College London

12         Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)

13         University of California System

14         University of Southern California

15         University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

16         KU Leuven

17         Duke University

18         Osaka University

19         Johns Hopkins University

20         California Institute of Technology

21         University of Illinois System

22         Kyoto University

23         Georgia Institute of Technology

24         University of Tokyo

25         University of Cambridge

Direct to Complete Top 100 List

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