East Asian Universities Remain Asia’s Most Innovative

Universities in South Korea, Japan and China make up the majority of Reuters’ Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities list.

AsianScientist (Jun. 21, 2018) – Institutes of higher learning in South Korea, Japan and China dominate Reuters’ Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities list. This ranking, compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, identifies universities in the Asia Pacific that are pushing the technological frontier with new inventions and innovations.

China boasts the largest number of universities on the list, with 27 universities making the cut (three of which are from Hong Kong). Meanwhile, 20 South Korean and 19 Japanese universities were featured in the top 75. Both countries also hold four places each in the top ten. The list also includes five universities from Australia, two from Singapore, and one each from New Zealand and India.

This year, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea, took first place on the list for the third consecutive time. In terms of innovation output, KAIST researchers filed the most number of patents among the universities on the list, and their work is frequently cited by scientists outside of KAIST.

The University of Tokyo came in second, followed by two South Korean universities: Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) in third place and Seoul National University in fourth. China’s Tsinghua University broke into the top five, jumping up one spot from number six last year.

There were only three new entries into the top 75 this year, all of which are based in China: China University of Mining & Technology (#56), Shandong University (#67), and Xiamen University (#74).

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Lim Zeng Hao completed a degree in biological sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In his spare time, he dabbles in new languages and daydreams about the eventual publication of his epic fantasy book series. Zeng Hao is a science writer with Asian Scientist Magazine.

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