Japan and South Korea have topped a ranking list that recognises universities and colleges for doing the most to promote science and invent new technology. Out of the top 20 universities, 17 are based in Japan and South Korea.
At the top of the list is Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (Kaist).
The ranking list is based on looking at academic papers, which prove there is basic research being performed at a university, and patent filings, which prove a university is interested in protecting its discoveries.
Universities based in Japan and South Korea tend to produce a lot of patent applications, and that helps their home countries stand out as good places for innovation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The second university on the list in Asia is Japan’s University of Tokyo. The highest- ranked school outside of northeast Asia is the National University of Singapore, at No 11.
Hong Kong’s universities ranked far lower than northeast Asian universities. The city’s highest-ranked university is the Chinese University of Hong Kong (No 21), followed by the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (No 30) and the University of Hong Kong (No 56).
Education sector legislator Ip Kin-yuen told Young Post that local universities do not score as highly in the ranking because of a lack of resources.
“The government did not give enough funds to science and technology,” Ip said. “It will take time to put the city at the forefront of innovation and technology after setting up the Innovation and Technology Bureau in November last year. I hope the bureau will provide more support for the development of technology infrastructure and applied technology.”