Stanford has topped a list compiled by Reuters of the most innovative schools in the world. Stanford has topped a list compiled by Reuters of the most innovative schools in the world. Stanford has topped a list compiled by Reuters of the most innovative schools in the world. (Photo: Stanford Technology Ventures Program)

What are the most innovative universities in the world?

Reuters has crunched the numbers and the results are in for the world's most tech-savvy schools.

"Innovation" is one of the buzziest words on university campuses today. But what, exactly, does it mean? And how do you identify who is doing it best?

Reuters set out to answer these questions, by devising a methodology that employed 10 different metrics – with a focus on academic papers and patent filings – to rank the 100 most innovative universities in the world.

American universities owned the top of the list. Stanford, whose alumni and faculty were among the founders of such tech giants as Google, Yahoo, and HP, came it at No. 1, followed by MIT and Harvard.

Students at Technion Israel Institute of Technology seen testing school projects. Reuters ranked the school among the 100 most innovative universities in the world. Students at Technion Israel Institute of Technology test out school projects in a lighthearted competition. Reuters ranked the school among the 100 most innovative universities in the world. (Photo: Technion Israel Institute of Technology/Flickr)

Half of all universities to rank were international, the highest being the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) at No. 10, with the Imperial College London right behind it at No. 11. Others to make the list included the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, The Free University of Berlin and the University of Toronto.

While hundreds of universities on the shortlist failed to rank, Reuters was careful to note that absence from the list did "not indicate an institution is failing to innovate."

"Since the rankings measure innovation on a universitywide (or in some cases, systemwide) basis, it may overlook particularly innovative departments or programs: A small liberal arts school might rank low for overall innovation, but still operate one of the most innovative computer science departments in the world," Reuters explained.

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