Reuters rates Monash University Australia’s most innovative … again

Monash has once again achieved top spot as Australia’s most innovative University in the Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities.

Monash also jumped three places from its 2017 ranking to 25th in Asia Pacific. Five Australian universities ranked in the top 75 this year.

Ken Sloan, Monash Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) said the ranking reflected the university’s commitment to driving innovation through research and industry collaboration.

“Monash takes an enterprising approach to problem-solving - translating research discoveries into real world solutions and supporting researchers to bring life changing innovation to the industries and consumers that need them,” he said.

“Our collaboration with industry and government to deliver the Victorian Heart Hospital, announced in January 2018, is a great example.

“Not only will it deliver world-leading cardiac services, it will strengthen the innovation chain within Victoria’s most promising manufacturing sector, providing opportunities for novel cardiac devices and tissue engineering development.”

Innovation is built into the Monash environment. The new learning and Teaching Building, which opened this year is recognised as an international standard for transformational change in teaching practice and the student learning experience.

“It’s also in our teaching, with enterprising capabilities such as creative thinking, entrepreneurship and collaboration a focus that ensure our students are equipped for today’s careers, as well as the professions of the future,” Mr Sloan said.

The Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities is a list that identifies and ranks the universities doing the most to advance science and invent new technologies. Universities were ranked on several key factors pertaining to patents and research papers.  Indicators include the number of patents filed and the proportion of these that were granted, the volume of journal articles, and collaboration with industry.

For the third consecutive year, Asia’s most innovative university was judged to be South Korea’s KAIST institute (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ahead of Japan’s University of Tokyo, moving up one rank from last year to take the runner-up spot from Seoul National University.