Best And Most Innovative Universities In Asia (2016)

Two university rankings were released recently, one looking at the best universities overall and the other that ranked universities based on how innovative they are.

Let’s take a look at how Asian universities fared in the rankings.


QS, the educational consultancy based in London, provides a general ranking of universities, based on factors such as:

  • Academic reputation.
  • Employer reputation.
  • Professor to student ratio.
  • Research capabilities and footprint.
  • Professors with PhD degrees.
  • Internationalization.

At a global level, only two universities from Asia ranked in the top 20. National University of Singapore ranked 12th worldwide and Nanyang Technology University came in at 13th place. The next best Asian university was Tsinghua University from China, which is at 24th.

Here are the rankings for the top 10 universities in Asia (criteria is slightly different from the global rankings):

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  2. The University of Hong Kong
  3. Nanyang Technology University (NTU)
  4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  5. Tsinghua University
  6. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  7. City University of Hong Kong
  8. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  9. Peking University
  10. Seoul National University

Reuters also ranked universities in Asia, but focused more on innovation. Their ranking was based on criteria such as:

  • Patent volume.
  • Patent success.
  • Patent citations and impact.
  • Research citations and impact.

Korean and Japanese universities fared well on these factors and they are doing well inventing new technologies and advancing science.

Here are the top 20 most innovative universities in Asia:

  1. KAIST
  2. University of Tokyo
  3. Seoul National University
  4. Osaka University
  5. Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)
  6. Tohoku University
  7. Kyoto University
  8. Sungkyunkwan University
  9. Yonsei University
  10. Keio University
  11. National University of Singapore
  12. Tokyo Institute of Technology
  13. Tsinghua University
  14. Korea University
  15. Hanyang University
  16. Peking University
  17. Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology
  18. Kyushu University
  19. Nagoya University
  20. Hokkaido University

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