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August 31, 2016

Educational Institutions in Japan and South Korea Dominate the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

The ranking factors in academic papers, patent filings and commercializing its discoveries

HONG KONG – 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. Organizations around the world cite KAIST’s patent portfolio as significant prior art in their own patent applications more than any other university in Asia – a strong indicator that the university has an outsized impact on global research and development.

The second most innovative university in Asia is Japan’s University of Tokyo. Established in 1877 as the nation’s first Imperial university, “Todai” now enrolls more than 28,000 students, and operates 13 university-wide centers and 11 affiliated research institutes.

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 which has more than 45,000 students and its faculty includes eight Nobel laureates. 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.

For more on Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit www.reuters.com/innovation

Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

1

Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

2

University of Tokyo

Japan

3

Seoul National University

South Korea

4

Osaka University

Japan

5

Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)

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 (IIT)

India

72

Indian Institute of Science (IISC) - Banglore

India

73

Putra University Malaysia

Malaysia

74

University of South Australia

Australia

75

University of Malaya

Malaysia

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