Cambridge trails US universities in new innovation rankings

Stevie Hertz 17 September 2015

Reuters has ranked the University of Cambridge as the 25th most innovative university in the world, and third in Europe. Based on a new metric that values basic research performed at Universities and the number of patents filed, the Reuters rankings aim to identify which universities “contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy” 

Globally, American universities topped the rankings, with Stanford, MIT and Harvard taking the top three places and half of the top 100 schools within the US. Imperial College London was the highest ranked European university, placing 11th overall, followed by KU Leuven in Belgium and Cambridge, which ranked 16th and 25th globally. The University of Oxford ranked 40th.

Alongside North America, Asia also performed well. After the USA, Japan had the most universities on the list, with nine institutions in the top 100, while the Korea Advanced Instituted of Science & Technology was the only non-American school in the top ten.

These results come after Cambridge placed the third best university in the world in the QS University Rankings, the only British university in the top five. 

However, both these ranking methodology have been criticized as focusing on research, rather than student experience.