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75 Most innovative universities in Asia, 2016: China Beats South Korea and Japan

Most innovative universities in Asia for 2016

KAIST, also known as Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology has been named the most innovative university in Asia for 2016, based on a list from Reuters 75 most innovative universities in Asia for 2016. The 2nd most innovative university is Japan’s University of Tokyo, followed by the Seoul National University (No. 3), Osaka University (No. 4), and the Pohang University of Science & Technology (No. 5).

It is worth noting that there were 5 educational institutions from Japan and South Korea that equally filled the top ten. Also, out of the top 20 universities, 17 are based in  South Korea and Japan.

China has overtaken Japan and South Korea in the amount of universities listed in 2016 rankings. Out of the top 75 universities both Japan and South Korea had 20 universities each, just behind Chinese universities with the largest number, 22. Australia on 6, Singapore, Malaysia and India with 2 each and New Zealand with 1. The list compares Asian universities in the fields of advance science, technological invention and contribution to the global economy.

75 Most innovative universities in Asia, 2016

1KAISTSouth Korea
2University of TokyoJapan
3Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
4Osaka UniversityJapan
5Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
6Tohoku UniversityJapan
7Kyoto UniversityJapan
8Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
9Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
10Keio UniversityJapan
11National University of SingaporeSingapore
12Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan
13Tsinghua UniversityChina
14Korea UniversitySouth Korea
15Hanyang UniversitySouth Korea
16Peking UniversityChina
17Gwangju Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
18Kyushu UniversityJapan
19Nagoya UniversityJapan
20Hokkaido UniversityJapan
21Chinese University of Hong KongChina
22Ajou UniversitySouth Korea
23Zhejiang UniversityChina
24Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
25Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea
26Hiroshima UniversityJapan
27University of AucklandNew Zealand
28University of SydneyAustralia
29University of TsukubaJapan
30Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyChina
31Tokyo Medical & Dental UniversityJapan
32Monash UniversityAustralia
33University of QueenslandAustralia
34University of MelbourneAustralia
35Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
36Fudan UniversityChina
37Chonnam National UniversitySouth Korea
38Okayama UniversityJapan
39Shinshu UniversityJapan
40Kumamoto UniversityJapan
41Tianjin UniversityChina
42Kanazawa UniversityJapan
43Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
44Inha UniversitySouth Korea
45East China University of Science & TechnologyChina
46Chiba UniversityJapan
47Beijing University of Chemical TechnologyChina
48Waseda UniversityJapan
49South China University of TechnologyChina
50Kyungpook National UniversitySouth Korea
51Chonbuk National UniversitySouth Korea
52University of New South WalesAustralia
53Catholic University of KoreaSouth Korea
54Pusan National UniversitySouth Korea
55Nanjing UniversityChina
56University of Hong KongChina
57Huazhong University of Science & TechnologyChina
58Southeast University - ChinaChina
59Konkuk UniversitySouth Korea
60Kobe UniversityJapan
61Dalian University of TechnologyChina
62Nankai UniversityChina
63Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina
64Xian Jiaotong UniversityChina
65Chung Ang UniversitySouth Korea
66Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityChina
67Sichuan UniversityChina
68Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
69Gyeongsang National UniversitySouth Korea
70Nihon UniversityJapan
71Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)India
72Indian Institute of Science (IISC) - BangaloreIndia
73Putra University MalaysiaMalaysia
74University of South AustraliaAustralia
75University of MalayaMalaysia
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