UK rises to Number 4 in the Global Innovation Index

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Jane Lambert

The Global Innovation Index (GII") is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for innovation. It is compiled by Cornell University business school, INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires) and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). In their report for 2020, they placed the UK fourth in the GII behind Switzerland, Sweden and the USA, This is one up on the previous year though it will be seen from the graphic on page 12 of the report that the UK has been higher.  In 2015, for instance, the UK came second (see the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' press release UK ranked as world-leader in innovation 17 Sept 2015),

The reason for its fourth =p;ace in the rankings appears to be as follows:

"In addition, the country maintains its top three lead in the quality of its universities (2nd) and the quality of its scientific publications (1st). It ranks sixth in the quality of innovation, down by one (“Who is best in the quality of innovation?” in this chapter; Figure 1.7). In addition, the U.K. hosts four S&T clusters in the top 100: London (15th), Cambridge (57th), Oxford (71st) and Manchester (93rd). Cambridge and Oxford are also the world’s most S&T-intensive clusters (Special Section: Cluster Rankings)."

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