See this from the Insider yesterday:
‘The University of Dundee has secured the highest ranking of any UK institution for its role in influencing innovation, a global report shows. The Nature Index 2017 Innovation supplement, which scores an institution’s influence on patents through academic research, ranks the University of Dundee at 26 in its global listing, ahead of US Ivy League universities Harvard and Yale, which ranked 33 and 35 respectively, and Duke, which ranked 27. The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships which tracks contributions to science journals chosen by an independent group of active researchers.’.
Note that no other UK university made the top 50.
The wider success story of the city is not entirely new to me. The Tech Nation Report for 2016 had Dundee listed as a ‘Top Technology City’ and made the following points:
‘Whilst Dundee has traditionally been considered a ‘games’ city, it’s now mobile software development that’s playing a key role in driving the city’s economic growth. Dundee’s economic growth is now being driven by generating revenues throughout the rest of the UK (particularly London) and globally. In the digital age, Dundee’s companies, particularly software firms, are operating on a global scale as the city continues to punch above its weight. The city scored highly as a hub for a multitude of different digital companies who work using a variety of technologies across multiple sectors. Here are some of the stats from the report:
- Since 2010 Dundee’s digital turnover has risen by 129%
- Dundee now has the third fastest growing digital turnover in the UK
- Since 2010 Dundee’s GVA (Gross Value Add) has grown by 42%
- Dundee’s GVA now sits at £61.4 million
- There are now 3,318 jobs in Dundee related to the digital tech economy
Nae bad eh? Did the Scottish Government play any part in stimulating this? Well yes, a £50 000 grant that year.