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The University of Washington: One of the 5 most innovative universities in the world

Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & EngineeringStanford…MIT…Harvard…University of Washington!

That’s right, UW is ranked #4 among the most innovative universities in the world according to Reuters, which examined hundreds of universities and ranked them based on the strength of their research and patent activity. In its assessment of UW’s performance, Reuters noted our competitiveness for federal research funding (UW consistently dominates among public institutions), the number of students pursuing STEM majors (roughly 37% of the entire student body), and our record-high commercialization activity.

From Reuters’ announcement:

“Since World War II, universities around the world have been relied on to convert public funding into knowledge and products that help drive the global economy. So how can potential partners, investors, faculty and students know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and impacting the global economy?

“The Reuters Top 100 World’s Most Innovative Universities gets to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative; the institutions recognized here 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.”

Reuters logoWe wouldn’t dream of arguing with that! Remember: “The rankings in which we do well are authoritative and worthy of your attention. The others are methodologically defective and should be buried.”

Read the full article and view the complete list of universities that made it into the top 100 here. Check out Reuters’ assessment of UW innovation here, and read today’s GeekWire article on UW’s triumph here.