Top Schools for Innovation in the World

In a previous article, EdTech looked at the top schools for innovation in the United States, naming five schools that appeared at the top of lists published by both Thomson Reuters and the U.S. News and World Report. But the U.S. isn’t the only one excelling in the department of scholastic innovation. The following are some of the schools around the world with reputations for encouraging out-of-the box thinking.

Imperial College London, England

Faculty Building, Imperial College London, England

Imperial College is a public research university with a long history of innovation. Recently, they’ve worked to create new spaces for students to build and create in. The Translation and Innovation Hub is scheduled to open in 2016 as a base for technology partners and new startups. The Molecular Science Research Hub is due for completion by 2017.

University of Cambridge, England


One of oldest universities in the world—second only to Oxford in the English speaking world—University of Cambridge was founded in 1209. They’ve produced the most number of Nobel Laureates, and have sustained focus on looking towards the future through creative research and invention.

University of Tokyo, Japan

University of Tokyo, Japan

Generally thought of as the most prestigious university in Japan, the University of Tokyo places great importance in interdisciplinary learning and research. Among the many departments within the school are the Institute of Engineering Innovation and the Department of Technology Management and Innovation.

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

EPFL Learning Center

EPFL is a research university specializing in physical sciences and engineering. They ranked 14th and 31st overall respectively in the 2015 QS World University Rankings the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Known as the “parc scientifique” because of its unique architecture, there are over 250 labs and workspaces for student research purposes.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea

KAIST Main library, South Korea

KAIST was the only non-American school to make it in the top 10 of the Reuters list. In 2015, a team from KAIST, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) won the $2 million U.S. Department of Defense’s DARPA Robotics Challenge with an adaptable humanoid robot, DRC-HUBO.


Suchita Chadha

Suchita Chadha

Suchita is a student at Emerson College, where she is pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing for poetry with a Global & Post-Colonial Studies minor. She has been published in Verge Magazine (Canada) and Affairs Today (UK).