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Olin College of Engineering No. 10 in New WURI Ranking

Olin College of Engineering has been ranked No. 10 in the world in Industrial Applications of Research and Education by the Hanseatic League of Universities. Olin is also ranked No. 20 overall in the list of the Top 100 Universities. The first ever World's Universities with Real Impact (WURI), which aims to discover innovative universities that prepare for the world in the fourth industrial revolution through new education and research efforts, was released on June 11 in both Switzerland and South Korea.

WURI Top 50 Industrial Application Universities

For Industrial Application, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked the first and the second, respectively. Minerva Schools at KGI followed as the third, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ranked fourth.

Olin was also highlighted as a “Neo-Boutique University” in WURI’s list of three challenges to traditional universities: (1) Emergence of AI; (2) Post Coronavirus Era and (3) Increasing number of competitors: “Neo-Boutique Universities.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by our global peers as an innovative institution,” said President Richard K. Miller. “Since Olin’s founding, our entrepreneurial and innovative spirit has only grown. I have no doubt that Olin College will continue to expand on its mission to change engineering education and strive to serve as a pathfinding institution for all of higher education.”

The WURI ranking online conference was co-hosted by the four institutions of the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Franklin University of Switzerland and the Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC).

WURI, the first global innovative university ranking, was created to stimulate and evaluate universities' flexible and innovative efforts to foster the workforce that meets the demand from industry and society. The WURI ranking is composed of the global top 100 and top 50 in each of these four areas: Industrial Application, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Ethical Value, and Student Mobility and Openness.

While traditional ranking systems heavily weigh on the quantitative metrics for evaluating universities, such as the number of journal publications and the employment rate of graduates, WURI accounts for the more qualitative aspects by evaluating the innovative programs of universities.

In the global 100, 32 universities from the U.S., eight from the U.K., seven from China, six from South Korea, five from Japan, four from Germany, three from France, and three from India were included.

WURI 2020 Top 100 Innovative Universities