Why Japanese and South Korean universities are the most innovative in Asia?
Universities in Japan and South Korea dominate a ranking of Asia’s 75 most innovative universities based on data from Thomson Reuters. Of the top 20, 17 are based in either Japan or South Korea.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Japan’s University of Tokyo topped this year’s rankings, alongside another 15 from the two countries. The Reuters top 75 in Asia is based on institutions that are “doing the most advanced science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy”.
As well as the research citations common to most international university rankings, the Reuters ranking also gives strong weighting to patent applications and success, focusing on institutions that filed 50 or more patents between 2009 and 2014 and how often the university’s patents were cited by others.
“On average the South Korean and Japanese universities on the list file twice as many patent applications than universities in the seven other ranked countries,” Reuters said.
South Korea has a total of 20 universities in the list and has some of the highest research and development spending globally– roughly 4 percent of GDP – following a strong commitment by its government in recent years.
Universities were also evaluated on how often their research papers were cited by patents and the percentage of articles that featured an industry co-author.
“Of course, just because a country doesn’t have any schools in the Reuters Top 75 doesn’t mean their universities aren’t doing important research. Since the ranking measures innovation on an institutional level, it may overlook particularly innovative departments or programmes,” Reuters noted.
Amobee Appoints Nick Brien As CEO
In its latest strategic move, Amobee—a global multimedia advertising leader—announced that Nick Brien will be its Chief Executive Officer. The company is entirely owned by Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology organisation, which provides consumers with mobile, broadband, and TV and businesses with data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics, and cybersecurity tools.
Brien, who has worked for Microsoft, Intel, P&G, and American Express, will take over to drive the next generation of advertising tech. Said Evangelos Simoudis, Chairman of the Board of Amobee: ‘Nick has the deep expertise in advertising that we need to seize the market opportunities ahead’.
How Did Brien Get Here?
Before joining Amobee, Brien led 15,000 people across 40 divisions as CEO of the Americas for Dentsu International. For thirty years, he’s helped brands pilot unique advertisements, keeping up with the latest trends. He’s served as CEO of McCann Worldgroup, global CEO of IPG Mediabrands, President of Hearst Marketing Services, and CEO of iCrossing. Over the course of his career, he’s consistently strategised how to keep up with digital shifts. Now, he’ll capitalise on Amobee’s legions of experienced data scientists and developers.
‘I’m excited to be joining Amobee at such a transformative time in our industry’, Brien explained. ‘We’ll pilot advertising accountability and intelligent decisioning. And there’s no doubt in my mind that optimising media performance—whether you’re targeting, planning, buying, or delivering—can only be achieved using applied science, machine learning, and data analytics’.
What Does This Mean for Amobee?
Amobee is set on growing its personal brand within the advertising sector. As APAC social media influencers, Gen Z growth hackers, and viral content producers start to enter the field, established companies will be working doubly hard to keep up. Amobee, however, is still looking good. With a Gartner Magic Quadrant for Ad Tech, a Forrester New Wave recognition, and now, Nick Brien as CEO, the firm is set up for success.