Japan, South Korea Dominate Asia’s 75 Most Innovative Universities List

South Korea and Japan each boast 20 entries in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.

AsianScientist (Sep. 2, 2016) – Japan and South Korea dominate the inaugural Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies the educational institutions that are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy. Out of the top 20 universities, 17 are based in Japan and South Korea.

Topping the list as the most innovative university in Asia is KAIST, also known as Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, which earned its first place rank by producing original and influential research. The second most innovative university in Asia is Japan’s University of Tokyo.

The highest ranked school outside of Northeast Asia is the National University of Singapore (11). China’s highest ranked university is Tsinghua University (13), a public research university based in Beijing. Peking University (16) is the only other Chinese university to crack the top 20.

But overall, there are 22 Chinese universities on Reuters’ ranking—more than any other country. Top-ranked South Korea has a total of 20 schools on the list. Japan also has 20 ranked universities, Australia has six, Singapore, Malaysia, and India each have two, and New Zealand has one.

Please see below for the list of universities that made it to this year’s list.

Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

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


Source: Thomson Reuters; Photo: Shutterstock.
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