Today, Reuters announces its Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities – 2016. The University of Wisconsin (UW) System ranks #13 in this world-wide ranking.
“We work together to provide a quality education and, on behalf of all UW System institutions, we are incredibly proud of this ranking,” says UW System President Ray Cross. “We have a $15 billion impact on Wisconsin’s economy each year, and this report exemplifies why it’s critical we invest in the success of the UW System. We are working with and developing the best and brightest in the world.”
The Reuters list relies exclusively on empirical data, such as patent filings and research paper citations. It ranks the educational institutions “doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.” The UW System has 176 new patents from student products and discoveries, and more than 9,100 academic research and development projects.
“These independent reports continue to demonstrate that the UW System is a strong economic contributor and innovator for Wisconsin,” says Cross. “We perform ground-breaking research and develop the workforce of tomorrow, and we do it cost-effectively. Now is the time to invest in the UW System so we can continue to provide the excellent quality people expect and deserve.”
The UW System performs research and develops talent more cost-effectively than all other peer institutions in the Midwest. According to the independent Wisconsin Technology Council higher education report, a degree from the UW System costs less than the national average, and less than Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.