Stanford tops innovation, patent, research ranking

Stanford University

Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have topped the third annual Reuters Top 100 ranking of the world’s most innovative universities.

The Reuters Top 100 aims to identify and rank the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.

Compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, the report is based on proprietary data and analysis of numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

In fourth place is the University of Pennsylvania, which climbed four spots from eighth place last year.

The highest ranked university outside the United States, Belgium’s KU Leuvenin fifth place, is a nearly 600-year-old institution that maintains one of the largest independent research and development organizations in the world.

South Korea’s KAIST, formerly the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, ranked number six.

The top 100 consists of 51 universities based in North America, 26 in Europe, 20 in Asia and three in the Middle East.

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

  • Stanford University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • KU Leuven
  • KAIST
  • University of Washington
  • University of Michigan System
  • University of Texas System
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Duke University
  • University of California System
  • Northwestern University
  • Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)
  • Imperial College London
  • Cornell University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tokyo
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Illinois System
  • University of Cambridge
  • Indiana University System
  • Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6
  • University of Colorado System
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Oxford
  • Purdue University System
  • University of Chicago
  • Osaka University
  • University of North Carolina System
  • Princeton University
  • Ohio State University
  • Tufts University
  • Tohoku University
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Columbia University
  • Kyoto University
  • Yale University
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Minnesota System
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Erlangen Nuremberg
  • Tsinghua University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Emory University
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Massachusetts System
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Zurich
  • Peking University
  • Hanyang University
  • University of Montpellier
  • Boston University
  • University of Munich
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • University of Florida
  • University College London
  • Kyushu University
  • Yonsei University
  • National University of Singapore
  • State University of New York System
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Keio University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Ghent University
  • Florida State University
  • Korea University
  • Rutgers State University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Freiburg
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology
  • Leiden University
  • Arizona State University
  • Free University of Berlin
  • University of Claude BernardLyon 1
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology
  • University of Paris Descartes – Paris 5
  • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Rice University
  • University of Paris Sud – Paris 11
  • University of Iowa
  • Hokkaido University
  • University of Virginia
  • Dresden University of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Zhejiang University