Northern Kentucky University ranks among the world’s most innovative universities, according to a report by World’s Universities with Real Impact, or WURI.
The website measures institutions by looking at industrial application; support for entrepreneurship; ethical value; student mobility and openness; crisis management; and the use of technology. Within each category, each school is then judged on three criteria: innovativeness, implementation, and impact.
NKU ranked 78th in the Global Top 100 Innovative Universities, according to WURI standards. In the U.S., NKU ranks 28th and is the highest-ranking institution in the Greater Cincinnati area. At the top of the worldwide rankings are Arizona State University, MIT, Stanford University and Penn State University.
Northern Kentucky University also ranked 17th globally in the entrepreneurial spirit category. Out of schools and universities in the United States, NKU ranks sixth.
“NKU is proud to be one of the most innovative universities in the world,” NKU President Ashish Vaidya said. “Being a regional, national and worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of NKU’s values of being a regionally-engaged, student-first university that prepares our graduates to make a lasting impact in the community.”
In a news release, the university credited its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as its INKUBATOR program – an intensive business accelerator for students and alumni. NKU also highlighted its annual Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs that the university hosts each year, and its Health Innovation Center, which recently received a federal grant to expand telehealth access in rural communities.