World’s Most Innovative Universities | 2017

Stanford University takes first place on Reuters’ list of the World’s Most Innovative Universities for the third consecutive year, holding fast to its ranking by consistently producing new patents and papers that influence researchers around the globe.

In July 2017, the university opened the Stanford Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine, a new research center focused on the development of stem cell and gene therapies to treat the millions of people worldwide with genetic diseases.

Stanford reported a total research budget of $1.6 billion. Recent research highlights include the development of a drug delivery device that monitors drug levels in the body in real time and delivers dosages tailored specifically to the patient. Stanford researchers have also created a vine-like, flexible ‘growing’ robot that operates in seemingly impossibly cramped situations, and a new camera that allows robots to capture 4D images in a 140-degree field of vision. A 4D image allows viewers to refocus the image after the image is captured, allowing for clear manipulation of the image after the fact.

Located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Stanford University has played a key role in the development of our networked world. In the early 1970s, Stanford professor Vint Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols that became the basic communication standard for the Internet, and in 1991, physicists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center deployed the first world wide web server outside of Europe. The university’s faculty and alumni have founded major tech companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems. A 2012 study by the university estimated that companies formed by Stanford entrepreneurs generate so much revenue that if they formed an independent nation, it would rank among the 10 largest economies in the world. Stanford University was founded in 1891 by California senator and railway magnate Leland Stanford in honor of his deceased son, with the promise that ‘the children of California shall be our children

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