In a 2015 study, Reuters set out to “find and rank the world’s top 100 innovative universities empirically, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university, and patent filings, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries.” Reuters reviewed hundreds of universities to determine these elite institutions.
The University of Washington fared well, as the most innovative public university in the world and fourth overall, trailing only Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. Reuters acknowledged that these universities “most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact. They are the surest bets for anyone seeking to invest in and create real innovation.”
The Center for West European Studies and the Jean Monnet Project are proud to work at a university that values creativity and competition.