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Stanford, MIT, Harvard Top List of World’s Most Innovative Universities

For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. higher education institutions continue to maintain an edge in the Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities.

Stanford University, MIT and Harvard University held on to the top three positions for inventing new technologies, advancing science and powering new markets and industries.

Working in partnership with Clarivate Analytics, Reuters used factors like proprietary data and analysis including patent filings and research paper citations to rank the universities.

“The university has locked down the top spot by consistently producing new patents and papers that influence researchers around the globe. Recent research highlights include the development of a new generation of batteries that can harness energy from the mingling of saltwater and freshwater,” the Reuters report noted of the Stanford University.

MIT ranked second for creating the “blackest black” material ever made which was grown on a surface of chlorine-etched aluminum foil, and is so dark it captures at least 99.995 percent of any incoming light, while Harvard is credited with inventing shape-shifting 3D-printed materials.

The University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Southern California and Cornell University were among other US schools that figured in the top ten universities.

In total, 46 American universities made it into the top 100 of the most innovative universities followed by Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and China.

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