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

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
1 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
2 University of Tokyo Japan
3 Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
4 Seoul National University South Korea
5 Tsinghua University China
6 Osaka University Japan
7 Kyoto University Japan
8 Sungkyunkwan University South Korea
9 Tohoku University Japan
10 National University of Singapore Singapore
11 Hanyang University South Korea
12 Peking University China
13 Yonsei University South Korea
14 Kyushu University Japan
15 Korea University South Korea
16 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
17 Fudan University China
18 Keio University Japan
19 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
20 Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
21 Zhejiang University China
22 Chinese University of Hong Kong China
23 Hokkaido University Japan
24 Kyung Hee University South Korea
25 Monash University Australia
26 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
27 Ajou University South Korea
28 Huazhong University of Science & Technology China
29 Hiroshima University Japan
30 Kumamoto University Japan
31 Nagoya University Japan
32 Beijing University of Chemical Technology China
33 East China University of Science & Technology China
34 Tokyo Medical & Dental University Japan
35 Tianjin University China
36 University of Sydney Australia
37 Ewha Womans University South Korea
38 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology China
39 University of Auckland New Zealand
40 Shinshu University Japan
41 South China University of Technology China
42 University of Queensland Australia
43 Kanazawa University Japan
44 China University of Petroleum China
45 University of Melbourne Australia
46 Southeast University – China China
47 University of Hong Kong China
48 University of Tsukuba Japan
49 Catholic University of Korea South Korea
50 Nanjing University China
51 University of New South Wales Sydney Australia
52 Chiba University Japan
53 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
54 Chonbuk National University South Korea
55 Chonnam National University South Korea
56 China University of Mining & Technology China
57 Pusan National University South Korea
58 Dalian University of Technology China
59 Okayama University Japan
60 Kyungpook National University South Korea
61 Harbin Institute of Technology China
62 Nankai University China
63 Chung Ang University South Korea
64 Inha University South Korea
65 Sun Yat Sen University China
66 Sichuan University China
67 Shandong University China
68 University of Electronic Science & Technology of China China
69 University of Ulsan South Korea
70 Waseda University Japan
71 Indian Institutes of Technology System India
72 Kobe University Japan
73 Konkuk University South Korea
74 Xiamen University China
75 Tongji University China



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