Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University top an annual ranking of the world's most innovative universities.

The third annual Reuters Top 100 identifies and ranks higher-ed institutions that have the biggest impact on science advancement, new technologies, and that power new markets and industries. The ranking is compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics and is based on a variety of indicators, including patent filings and research paper citations.

Stanford University claims the top spot on the list for the third time in a row, and the university, as noted in the rankings, has played a critical role in...

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