Connect with us


The World’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018



Reuters ranked the top 100 of the world’s most innovative colleges based on advances in science and new tech.

United States continues to dominate the list, with 46 universities in the top 100. Germany and Japan are tied for second best performing country, with nine universities each.

South Korea has eight universities on the list;  China, France and the United Kingdom each have 5; Switzerland has 3; Belgium, Canada, Israel and the Netherlands have 2, and Denmark and Singapore each have 1.

Here are the top 12:

1. Stanford University

Stanford University takes first place on Reuters’ list of the World’s Most Innovative Universities for the fourth consecutive year.

The university has locked down the top spot by consistently producing new patents and papers that influence researchers around the globe.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology places second on the list, and Harvard University comes in third, making 2018 the fourth consecutive year that those universities have held those exact spots.

In July 2018, MIT researchers revealed they created the smallest robots yet that can sense their environment, storing data and doing independent computation

3. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A statue of John Harvard looks over Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge

In the 2017 academic year Harvard had $868 million dollars in sponsored research, including more than $45 million from corporate sponsors.

4. University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university, is the fourth most innovative university in Reuters’ world rankings for the second consecutive year. As of 2018 Penn boasted a research budget of $966 million.

5. University of Washington in Seattle

The University of Washington places fifth place overall on Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities, but is the highest-ranked public university on the list.

UW receives more federal research funding than any other U.S. public university, and its total research funding has tripled over the past 20 years to more than $1.62 billion in fiscal year 2017.

6. University of Texas


In August 2018, the National Science Foundation announced that it would award $60 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas  to build a new supercomputer that will be the fastest at any U.S. university.

The computer, known as Frontera, will begin operating in 2019, and will be used by researchers in all fields of science

7.  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

The library of the university KU Leuven is pictured in Leuven

Researchers in KU Leuven’s Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors are developing a “lab on a chip” that can easily and accurately diagnose disease with a drop of blood.

Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, KU Leuven is the world oldest Catholic university

8. Imperial College London, Britain

Founded in 1907 as part of the University of London, Imperial became fully independent in July 2007.

Throughout its history, Imperial College researchers have been responsible for groundbreaking innovations including the discovery of penicillin and the development of holography and fiber optics

9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The iconic Old Well on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina

Immunologists based at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announced in February 2018 that they have genetically engineered cancer-killing immune cells that can hunt and attack brain tumors.

10.  Vanderbilt University in Nashville

Nashville’s Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873  and its student and staff alumni include six Nobel Prize winners.

In fiscal year 2017, the university’s total research expenditures were $237.3 million, and sponsored research and project awards totaled $230 million.

11. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology , South Korea

Many KAIST innovations come from the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Notable KAIST alumni include Yi So-yeon, the first Korean to fly in space

12. Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Researchers at The EPFL working with multinational automobile manufacturer Nissan recently unveiled technology that will allow smart cars to read brain signals and facilitate the driving process.

Most Popular