Clarivate Analytics Data Powers the Annual Reuters’ Ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities

 Clarivate Analytics Data Powers the Annual Reuters’ Ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities 

Philadelphia, USA, October 11, 2018: Today Reuters released its fourth annual ranking of the world’s most innovative universities, compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics. The fourth annual list is based on empirical data including patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science to identify the educational institutions most successful in advancing science, inventing new technologies, and powering new markets and industries.

North American universities continue to dominate the Reuters’ ranking with 48 universities featuring in the top 100 – 46 in the USA and two from Canada. Once again, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University take the top three spots.  Contributing to Stanford’s solid foothold at number one is a steady stream of patents and research which are frequently cited by other academics and industrial firms around the world. Recent Stanford research highlights include several developments in the field of artificial intelligence, including a next generation of camera systems to guide self-driving cars and simulators that can predict potential drug interactions before new pharmaceuticals are ever tested on humans.

European universities take 27 places on the list, the highest ranked of which is Belgium’s KU Leuven ranked #7,  followed by Imperial College London (#8). Asia follows closely, with 23 universities, headed by Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), at #11 and Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) at #13.

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.  Regionally, Asia has 23 institutions on the list, the Middle East has two. There are no universities in the top 100 located in Africa, South America or Oceania.

The University of Manchester, UK showed the biggest improvement in rank surging 27 places in comparison to its showing in 2017. One explanation for this rapid rise is the University’s world-leading research on graphene. The University is home to the UK’s National Graphene Institute, as well as graphene pioneers and 2010 Nobel Prize recipients in Physics Sir Andre Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov. Patents relating to graphene account for about a quarter of all filings from the University over the six-year period surveyed (2011 – 2016).


The full list:

1 Stanford University USA
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
3 Harvard University USA
4 University of Pennsylvania USA
5 University of Washington USA
6 University of Texas System USA
7 KU Leuven Belgium
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
9 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill USA
10 Vanderbilt University USA
11 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) South Korea
12 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland
13 Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
14 University of California System USA
15 University of Southern California USA
16 Cornell University USA
17 Duke University USA
18 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
19 Johns Hopkins University USA
20 University of Tokyo Japan
21 California Institute of Technology USA
22 Osaka University Japan
23 University of Michigan System USA
24 Northwestern University USA
25 University of Wisconsin System USA
26 Kyoto University Japan
27 University of Minnesota System USA
28 University of Illinois System USA
29 Georgia Institute of Technology USA
30 University of Utah USA
31 University of Erlangen Nuremberg Germany
32 Ohio State University USA
33 Columbia University USA
34 Seoul National University South Korea
35 University of Toronto Canada
36 Tohoku University Japan
37 University of Pittsburgh USA
38 Yale University USA
39 Sungkyunkwan University South Korea
40 University of Oxford United Kingdom
41 University of Colorado System USA
42 Tufts University USA
43 Baylor College of Medicine USA
44 Tsinghua University China
45 Technical University of Munich Germany
46 Kyushu University Japan
47 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
48 University College London United Kingdom
49 ETH Zurich Switzerland
50 Purdue University System USA
51 University of Chicago USA
52 Oregon Health & Science University USA
53 University of Manchester United Kingdom
54 Indiana University System USA
55 Universite de Montpellier France
56 University of Munich Germany
57 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
58 Emory University USA
59 Peking University China
60 Sorbonne University France
61 University of British Columbia Canada
62 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
63 National University of Singapore Singapore
64 Princeton University USA
65 University of Zurich Switzerland
66 Hanyang University South Korea
67 Case Western Reserve University USA
68 Yonsei University South Korea
69 Rutgers State University New Brunswick USA
70 Boston University USA
71 University of Massachusetts System USA
72 Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Germany
73 Wake Forest University USA
74 Keio University Japan
75 Korea University South Korea
76 University of Florida USA
77 Leiden University Netherlands
78 University of Paris Descartes – Paris V France
79 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
80 University of Cincinnati USA
81 University of Freiburg Germany
82 Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg Germany
83 State University of New York (SUNY) System USA
84 University of Claude Bernard – Lyon 1 France
85 University of Virginia USA
86 Dresden University of Technology Germany
87 University of Iowa USA
88 Ghent University Belgium
89 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
90 Hokkaido University Japan
91 Tel Aviv University Israel
92 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
93 Zhejiang University China
94 Fudan University China
95 University of Miami USA
96 Arizona State University USA
97 University of Paris Sud – Paris XI France
98 Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
99 Nagoya University Japan
100 Free University of Berlin Germany


How #Clarivatedata powers the #ReutersRankings

Clarivate Analytics is the leading global data provider and the number one choice for many prestigious ranking organizations. With our highly curated datasets, we provide the most trusted and unique data to make these rankings possible.

Our information and research analytics tools are relied upon by more than 20 million users and have been selected by the world’s most influential ranking organizations such as the Academic Ranking of the World Universities (also known as Shanghai Rankings), CWTS Leiden Ranking, U.S. News Global University Rankings, U-Multirank European Ranking, University Ranking by Academic Performance – URAP (Turkey), I-UGR Rankings (Spain), National Taiwan University Rankings, among many others.

Web of Science is the largest publisher-neutral citation index, powering global discovery and citation analytics across the sciences, social sciences and art & humanities. With more than 1.4 billion cited references going back to 1900 and millions of users per day—from top government and academic institutions and research-intensive corporations—the Web of Science citation network serves as the foundation for the Journal Impact Factor, InCites, and other powerful and trusted citation-impact metrics. Clarivate Analytics attaches special significance to the quality of data indexed in the Web of Science.

Derwent Innovation, the flagship patent research platform from Clarivate Analytics, provides access to the most trusted global patent data and scientific literature with powerful capabilities to perform analysis and collaborate efficiently. Powered by the Derwent World Patents Index, Derwent Innovation provides users with the most comprehensive patent solution offering editorially enhanced, authoritative and accurate patent data covering more than 50 patent-issuing authorities.


For more on the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit

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About Clarivate Analytics: Clarivate Analytics is the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. Building on a heritage going back more than a century and a half, we have built some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science, Cortellis, Derwent, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and Techstreet. Today, Clarivate Analytics is a new and independent company on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients radically reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit

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