Reuters has recently released the second annual ranking of Asia Pacific region’s most Innovative Universities, and it is an unfortunate that none of Islamic Countries Universities Made to the list. The list identifies and ranks institutes based on their contribution to the invention of new technologies and advancement of science as a whole.
The ranking was a collaborative effort of Reuters and its former analytics wing, Clarivate. 600 institutes and organizations were identified and were shortlisted to 150. Some patents filed, which were listed in the Derwent World Patents Index and Innovations Index between 2010 and 2015, along with patent equivalents, patent citations, article citations and their impact was considered.
Scores from 10 categories were summed up to achieve the final rankings.
Chinese and South Korean universities made to the top of the list. Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), took the top spot on the list. It is the nation’s oldest research-oriented science and engineering university, with campuses in Daejeon, Seoul, and Busan. They produced a huge volume of important inventions and submitted more patents than 74 out of 75 universities. Not just KAIST but outside researchers also cities their innovations in their research papers.
Amongst the top university’s highlight researchers is the development of a parasite robot that can control the movements of its living host. Its Humanoid Robot Research Center won the U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA Robotics Challenge with an adaptable humanoid robot.
The second, fourth and fifth ranked universities are also from South Korea. Eight out of the top 20 are from the country, far more than what one would expect from a small nation.
China has the most number of innovative universities in the region – 25 out of 75. South Korea follows it with 22, Japan with 19, Australia with five and Singapore with two. The remaining two, which made a list, are from New Zealand and India.
Even Reuters found it odd that there were no universities from Indonesia, Pakistan or Bangladesh, three of the most populous countries in the region after China and India. None of the institutes in any of the Muslim countries in the whole of Asia Pacific region made the cut which is a clear indication of the lack of focus on education and technology.
“And some countries are missing from the list entirely. There are no ranked universities in Indonesia, which contains Asia’s third largest population. Nor are there any universities in Pakistan or Bangladesh, the region’s fourth- and fifth-most populous countries, or any universities in the Philippines and Vietnam, two of the region’s largest economies.”, reported by Reuters.
Top 10 Most Innovative Universities of Asia Pacific – 2017
Seoul National University
University of Tokyo
Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)
Find Complete List of Asia Pacific’s Top Innovative Universities here.