The “challenger” universities that have thought outside the box on research collaboration and funding

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

A recent analysis by Times Higher Education identified “clusters” of higher education institutions that excel on innovation, research collaboration and funding. While many elite institutions rely on their reputation and large research fundings, the publication has looked at universities outside this group that have been forced to be innovative as they strive for other sources of income.

Times Higher Education has identified 55 “technology challengers” that have innovation at the core of their strategy, strong industry links and research solutions that impact society. The Top 5 challengers leading the list are:

Top 5 "technology challengers"

  1. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  2. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  3. RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  4. Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  5. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

Among the 55 challengers there are 12 universities from North America on the list, eight in the US and four in Canada. These institutions are: 

Top "technology challengers" in North America

  1. University of Waterloo, Canada  (18th place)
  2. Northeastern University, United States (22nd place)
  3. University of Calgary, Canada (24th place)
  4. University of Delaware, United States (27th place)
  5. North Carolina State University, United States (29th place)
  6. Queen’s University, Canada (31st place)
  7. Simon Fraser University, Canada (33rd place)
  8. Syracuse University, United States (43rd place)
  9. University of Tennessee-Knoxville, United States (44th place)
  10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States (46th place)
  11. Colorado State University, United States (48th place)
  12. Iowa State University, United States (53rd place)

See the full list of 55 tech challenger universities.

Source: Times Higher Education.