Stanford, MIT and Harvard top the second annual Reuters Top 100 ranking of the most innovative universities

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University top the second annual Reuters Top 100 ranking of the world’s most innovative universities. The Reuters Top 100 ranking aims to identify the institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy. Unlike other rankings that often rely entirely or in part on subjective surveys, 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.

In the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. That’s one of the key findings of this year’s Reuters 100. The 2016 results show that big breakthroughs – even just one highly influential paper or patent – can drive a university way up the list, but when that discovery fades into the past, so does its ranking. Consistency is key, with truly innovative institutions putting out groundbreaking work year after year.

Stanford held fast to its first place ranking by consistently producing new patents and papers that influence researchers elsewhere in academia and in private industry. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ranked #2) were behind some of the most important innovations of the past century, including the development of digital computers and the completion of the Human Genome Project. Harvard University (ranked #3), is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and has produced 47 Nobel laureates over the course of its 380-year history.

Some universities saw significant movement up the list, including, most notably, the University of Chicago, which jumped from #71 last year to #47 in 2016. Other list-climbers include the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology (#73 to #44) and South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University (#66 to #46).

The United States continues to dominate the list, with 46 universities in the top 100; Japan is once again the second best performing country, with nine universities. France and South Korea are tied in third, each with eight. Germany has seven ranked universities; the United Kingdom has five; Switzerland, Belgium and Israel have three; Denmark, China and Canada have two; and the Netherlands and Singapore each have one.

For more on the Reuters Top 100, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit

The Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Harvard University
University of Texas System
University of Washington System
University of Michigan System
University of Pennsylvania
KU Leuven
10   Northwestern University
11   Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)
12   Imperial College London
13   University of Wisconsin System
14   Duke University
15   University of California System
16   University of Tokyo
17   University of Southern California
18   Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
19   University of Cambridge
20   Vanderbilt University
21   Osaka University
22   University of Illinois System
23   Johns Hopkins University
24   Georgia Institute of Technology
25   Ohio State University
26   Cornell University
27   University of Oxford
28   California Institute of Technology
29   Kyoto University
30   Seoul National University
31   Tohoku University
32   Princeton University
33   Purdue University System
34  Tufts University
35  Oregon Health & Science University
36  University of North Carolina System
37  Indiana University System
38  Technical University of Munich
39  University of Pittsburgh
40  University of Utah
41  Boston University 
42  Columbia University 
43  Tokyo Institute of Technology
44  Delft University of Technology
45  University of Colorado System
46  Sungkyunkwan University
47  University of Chicago
48  Keio University
49  University of Erlangen Nuremberg
50  University of British Columbia
51   Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
52   University of Massachusetts System
53   Technical University of Denmark
54   Yale University 
55   Yonsei University 
56   Emory University
57   University of Toronto
58   University of Zurich 
59   Technion Israel Institute of Technology
60   Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6
61   University of Munich
62   State University System of Florida
63   University of Arizona and Board of Regents
64   National University of Singapore
65   University of Minnesota System
66   Tsinghua University
67   Baylor College of Medicine
68   Hanyang University
69   Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology
70   Peking University
71   University of London
72   Mount Sinai School of Medicine
73   Korea University 
74   Ghent University 
75   University of Copenhagen
76   University of Rochester
77   University of Claude Bernard – Lyon 1
78   University of Paris Sud – Paris XI
79   Kyushu University
80   State University of New York (SUNY) System
81   University System of Maryland
82   Dresden University of Technology
83   University of Montpellier
84   University of Alabama System
85  Case Western Reserve University
86  University of Freiburg
87  University of Manchester
88  University of Paris Descartes – Paris V
89  Tel Aviv University
90  Nagoya University
91  Rutgers State University
92  Free University of Berlin
93  Grenoble Alpes University
94  Hebrew University of Jerusalem
95  Hokkaido University 
96  University of Strasbourg
97  University of Aix-Marseille
98  University Libre Brussels
99  Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg
100  University of Virginia 


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