KAIST, University of Tokyo and POSTECH Top the Annual Reuters Ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities for 2018

KAIST, University of Tokyo and POSTECH Top the Annual Reuters Ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities for 2018
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Powered by Clarivate Analytics data, the third annual Reuters Asia Pacific Top 75 ranking welcomes three new institutions, all from China


HONG KONG, June 5, 2018 – KAIST, University of Tokyo and POSTECH top the Reuters 2018 ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities. The Asia Pacific (APAC) ranking aims to identify and rank the educational institutions in the region doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. Compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, a global data company providing trusted insights and analytics, the ranking is based on empirical data including patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science.

The most innovative university in the region, for the third consecutive year, is South Korea’s KAIST. Formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, it is the nation’s oldest research-oriented science and engineering university with campuses in Daejeon, Seoul and Busan. Recent KAIST research highlights include the development of a highly durable platinum-based fuel cell catalyst that removes particulate matter from the air while it is in operation, an innovation that could lead to more efficient electric vehicles that reduce pollution. KAIST once again earned its first-place rank among the APAC’s most innovative universities by producing a high volume of influential inventions. Its researchers submit more patents than any other university on the list, and those patents are frequently cited by outside researchers in their own patents and papers.

Japan’s University of Tokyo takes the runner-up spot, moving up one rank from 2017. Korea’s POSTECH takes third, also moving up one, and Seoul National University comes in fourth after dropping two. Tsinghua University (#5) is the highest-ranked university in China, up one from last year. Osaka University (#6), Kyoto University (#7), Sungkyunkwan University (#8), Tohoku University (#9) and the National University of Singapore (#10) round out the top 10.

Only three new institutions appear on the list this year, all of them based in China: The China University of Mining & Technology (#56), Shandong University (#67), and Xiamen University (#74). The region exhibits a remarkable consistency, unlike Europe and North America: In contrast, Reuters’ 2018 ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities featured 15 new entries.

For more on the Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities ranking, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit here. For more on measuring innovation in Asia Pacific universities, visit here.



Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities for 2018
1Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
2University of TokyoJapan
3Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
4Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
5Tsinghua UniversityChina
6Osaka UniversityJapan
7Kyoto UniversityJapan
8Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
9Tohoku UniversityJapan
10National University of SingaporeSingapore
11Hanyang UniversitySouth Korea
12Peking UniversityChina
13Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
14Kyushu UniversityJapan
15Korea UniversitySouth Korea
16Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
17Fudan UniversityChina
18Keio UniversityJapan
19Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
20Gwangju Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
21Zhejiang UniversityChina
22Chinese University of Hong KongChina
23Hokkaido UniversityJapan
24Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea
25Monash UniversityAustralia
26Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
27Ajou UniversitySouth Korea
28Huazhong University of Science & TechnologyChina
29Hiroshima UniversityJapan
30Kumamoto UniversityJapan
31Nagoya UniversityJapan
32Beijing University of Chemical TechnologyChina
33East China University of Science & TechnologyChina
34Tokyo Medical & Dental UniversityJapan
35Tianjin UniversityChina
36University of SydneyAustralia
37Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
38Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyChina
39University of AucklandNew Zealand
40Shinshu UniversityJapan
41South China University of TechnologyChina
42University of QueenslandAustralia
43Kanazawa UniversityJapan
44China University of PetroleumChina
45University of MelbourneAustralia
46Southeast University – ChinaChina
47University of Hong KongChina
48University of TsukubaJapan
49Catholic University of KoreaSouth Korea
50Nanjing UniversityChina
51University of New South Wales SydneyAustralia
52Chiba UniversityJapan
53Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityChina
54Chonbuk National UniversitySouth Korea
55Chonnam National UniversitySouth Korea
56China University of Mining & TechnologyChina
57Pusan National UniversitySouth Korea
58Dalian University of TechnologyChina
59Okayama UniversityJapan
60Kyungpook National UniversitySouth Korea
61Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina
62Nankai UniversityChina
63Chung Ang UniversitySouth Korea
64Inha UniversitySouth Korea
65Sun Yat Sen UniversityChina
66Sichuan UniversityChina
67Shandong UniversityChina
68University of Electronic Science & Technology of ChinaChina
69University of UlsanSouth Korea
70Waseda UniversityJapan
71Indian Institutes of Technology SystemIndia
72Kobe UniversityJapan
73Konkuk UniversitySouth Korea
74Xiamen UniversityChina
75Tongji UniversityChina



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