Asian universities top Times list

(The Edge) – Of the 30 countries featured in the list, Malaysia did not rank.

A survey carried out by the Times Higher Education, ahead of its inaugural World Academic Summit in October, shows that Asian universities are front runners in getting investments for their researches.

The Times World Academic Summit Innovation Index gives a global snapshot of how successful the world’s top universities compete for research funds.

There are nine Asian countries featured in the Index, with over 50% of its institutions ranked in the top 10 list — more than any other continent.

Coming in at the top of the list is Korea, where the findings of the survey show that global companies are investing the equivalent of nearly US$100,000 (RM325,000) in each Korean scholar to carry out work in innovation and research on their behalf.

This is compared to less than US$10,000 per head for countries lower down the index.

Second on the list is Singapore, with companies willing to fork out US$84,500 per researcher.

As recent as last month, scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) showed off their latest “invisibility cloak” by making a cat and a goldfish vanish.

The device — which is capable of making anything within its confines disappear from direct sight — could have serious real-world applications in the field of security or entertainment.