South Korean & Chinese Universities Most Innovative, Study Says

Educational institutions in South Korea and China dominate the 2017 Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities.

AsianScientist (Jun. 14, 2017) – South Korea and China dominate the annual Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science and invent new technologies.

The most innovative university in the region, for the second year running, is South Korea’s KAIST which earned its first-place rank, in part, by producing a high volume of influential inventions. Its researchers submit more patents than 74 out of the 75 top-ranked universities in the region, and outside researchers frequently cite KAIST inventions in their own patents and research papers.

Those are key criteria in Reuters ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities, which was compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, and is based on proprietary data and analysis of indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

The second most innovative university in the Asia Pacific region is also based in South Korea. Seoul National University was founded in 1946 as the country’s first national university, and now operates 16 colleges, one graduate school and ten professional schools.

Overall, South Korean universities fill four of the top five spots on the ranking and eight of the top 20. There are 22 South Korean universities among the top 75. China has the most universities on the list—25 between Hong Kong and the mainland, Japan has 19 ranked universities, Australia has five, Hong Kong has four, Singapore has two, and New Zealand and India each have one.

Five universities that ranked in the top 75 last year slipped off the list in 2017 and these were all supplanted by fast growing institutions in China and South Korea: the China University of Petroleum (#45), the University of Ulsan (#69), the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China (#70), Yeungnam University (#73), and Tongji University (#75).

The returning university that made the biggest move on the list was the University of Hong Kong, which climbed 26 spots from #56 to #30. Other big movers include China’s Huazhong University of Science & Technology (up 24 spots to #33) and the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (up 13 spots to #34).

Click here to see the full ranking and detailed methodology.


Source: Thomson Reuters; Photo: Shutterstock.
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