USC Rises to Eighth Place in Reuters’ Ranking of World’s Most Innovative Universities

The University of Southern California was ranked eighth in Reuters’ annual ranking of universities around the world that do the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries. This marks a significant jump in the rankings for USC over 2018, when the university ranked 15th.

The Reuters profile of USC noted recent discoveries by researchers in the School of Pharmacy and the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. It also called out the university’s strong ties to Hollywood and expertise in digital entertainment:

Light Stage“The university’s Institute for Creative Technologies studies how people engage with technology through virtual characters and simulations, and collaborates with studios including Warner Bros and Sony Pictures Entertainment to develop ever more realistic computer-generated characters in movies. USC’s technology transfer center, the Stevens Center for Innovation, has spun out a number of entertainment startups, including LightStage LLC, which has created visual effects for films including “Avatar” and “King Kong.”

“The university’s eighth-place ranking by Reuters in 2019 is a testament to the innovation that takes place at USC every day across a broad range of fronts,” said Randolph Hall, vice president of research. “From the pioneering research taking place in our labs to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship among our students, USC is well positioned to play a key role in the innovation economy of the 21st century.”

The Reuters ranking is based on a variety of criteria, including patent filings and research paper citations. Each candidate university is evaluated based on how often its patent applications were granted, how many patents were filed with global patent offices and local authorities, and how often the university’s patents were cited by others. Additional factors include how often the university’s research papers were cited by patents and the percentage of articles that featured a co-author from industry. A detailed explanation of the ranking methodology can be found on the Reuters website.

American educational institutions continue to dominate the annual Reuters ranking with 46 universities in the top 100, followed by Germany with nine and France with eight. Along with Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania, USC is ranked among the top five American private universities in innovation.

To learn more about recent discoveries at USC, visit the research section of the USC News website. To find USC technologies available for licensing, search the online database operated by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

~Post by John Merritt