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Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities,Stanford University Leads

According to foreign media reports, Stanford University ranked the top of the "World's Most Innovative University" for the fourth consecutive year. The ranks refer to the universities ability of  advanced research, invent new technologies, and empower new markets and industries.

The most innovative university in the world, for the fourth consecutive year, is Stanford University. Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Stanford has long played a key role in the development of our modern networked world: A Stanford professor designed the basic communication standard for the Internet, and university alumni founded some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Netflix. Today the university continues to consistently produce original research and technology. Innovations that originate at Stanford are frequently cited by researchers elsewhere in academia and in private industry. Those are key criteria in the ranking of the world’s most innovative universities, which was compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, and is based on proprietary data and analysis of numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

Overall, the top ranks of The World's Most Innovative Universities remain largely unchanged, with nine of last years 10 highest-ranked universities remaining in the top 10. And the most elite institutions are almost all large, well-established universities based in the United States and Western Europe. Rounding out the top three are MIT and Harvard, which have held onto their respective 2nd and 3rd place rankings for the past three years. 

Stanford University is also cooperator with the Asia-Pacific Innovation Academy (APIA) International Innovation Accelerator Program, which is hosted by the Brightvision Capital and the European Innovation Academy (EIA). The program is designed by four technology organizations, Google, Microsoft, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. More than 300 innovators from more than 50 countries and regions including China, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Finland, Italy, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, China and Macao participated. APIA aims to bring together top-quality technological innovation resources worldwide to cultivate the new generation of world-class talents and advanced technology enterprises, ultimately creating the Asia-Pacific technological innovation ecosystem with international influence.

2018 Top 10 Most Innovative Universities in the World:

1. Stanford University

2.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.  Harvard University

4.  University of Pennsylvania  

5. University of Washington

6. University of Texas System

7. Leuven University

8. Imperial College of Technology

9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10. Vanderbilt University