OT: Top 20 most innovative universities around the globe

Submitted by GoBlueCA on January 27th, 2016 at 8:51 PM

University of Michigan system  #5 



1. Stanford University, USA
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
3. Harvard University, USA
4. University of Washington, USA
5. University of Michigan System, USA
6. Northwestern University, USA
7. University of Texas System, USA
8. University of Wisconsin System, USA
9. University of Pennsylvania, USA
10. Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), SOUTH KOREA
11. Imperial College London, UK
12. Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH), SOUTH KOREA
13. University of California System, USA
14. University of Southern California, USA
15. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
16. KU Leuven, BELGIUM
17. Duke University, USA
18. Osaka University, JAPAN
19. Johns Hopkins University, USA
20. California Institute of Technology, USA




January 27th, 2016 at 11:11 PM ^

Not exactly. DHHS is the largest source of Federal funding for university R&D. The US Federal government investment in biomedical research dwarfs that of the rest of the world and most of it goes through universities.

Health and Human Services provides more than 50% of Federal funds to universities, Defense about 10%.


January 27th, 2016 at 11:02 PM ^

And looking at that list and seeing a couple of schools such as TX and WA included brings to memory a post made by a fellow member of the wolverine rivals site when I was a member there. He was located somewhere in Europe, in an upper management position, and he provided us with a glimpse of the type of grads they were looking for. The Human Resources Department of his particular company, and I don't recall what exactly they did, had a policy, when it came to hiring, of sifting through the resumes and placing those with degrees from the then Big X Conference at the very top of the pile. The only conclusion I could draw, based on the fact that BIG schools draw students representative of the U.S., as a whole, instead of a particular and limited geographical area such as the S.E., S.W.,, basically any direction that would indicate a grad possessing the beliefts and traits of that particular area is not nearly as attractive as one they felt was more representative of the U.S. as whole.

So, yes,with the U.S. generally considered the "Top Dog" whether that is good or bad, it makes absolute sense to me they would desire someone unencumbered with the customs and traits restricted to a small percentage of the population, and more representative of the population as a whole. That is the way it work(ed). This was roughly a decade ago but I imagine same pretty much holds true today.


January 27th, 2016 at 10:04 PM ^

That list is WRONG.  They clearly forgot to put University of Phoenix at #1.  Who else has figured out a way to turn Evelyn Wood Speed Reading courses into college degrees at twice the price!


January 28th, 2016 at 8:54 AM ^

Interesting that there are two South Korean colleges on the list. I figured North Korea would make an appearance as well. They're known for their forward thinking there. After all, Kim Jong-Il created the internet, came up with the vaccination for polio, and wrote the theme song for "Sesame Street."