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Here Are The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Universities, 2018

Time for a little Stanford pride: Holding the spot for four years in a row, Stanford University was just ranked No. 1 on the most innovative university in the world for 2018 list by Reuters in a report that measured indicators like academic papers and patent filings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked as No. 2 on the list. Harvard University followed as No. 3 on the list, and the University of Pennsylvania claimed the No. 4 spot.

Other Ivy League universities also placed high — after Harvard and Penn, Cornell placed at No. 16 on the list, Columbia placed at No. 33, Yale placed at No. 38, and Princeton placed at No. 64. Dartmouth and Brown were not on the list.

The list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy. Editorial Director and CEO of the CEOWORLD magazine Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj said he was not surprised that Stanford was ranked highly for innovation. Stanford encourages students to be a “part of something larger.”

United States universities held the majority of spots on the list, claiming 46 of the top 100 innovative universities in the world. With 9 represented universities each, Germany and Japan tied for second place.

Here are the world’s top 10 most innovative universities:

1. Stanford University, USA
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
3. Harvard University, USA
4. University of Pennsylvania, USA
5. University of Washington, USA
6. University of Texas System, USA
7. KU Leuven, Belgium
8. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
9. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
10. Vanderbilt University, USA

Click here to check out the full list of innovative universities.

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Mindy Wright

Mindy Wright

Deputy Commissioning Editor
Mindy Wright is CEOWORLD magazine's Deputy Commissioning Editor, and leads global newsroom coverage and management. She oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. She has reported from more than 15 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. She has advised CEOs, investors, boards, and high-profile industry leaders on a wide range of issues impacting the global business landscape. She can be reached on email mindy-wright@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.