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Digital Leaders: top universities for digital entrepreneurship

In this digital leaders table, the CVs of tech executives and directors are analysed to see where they went to university 

    April 17 2024
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    Entrepreneurship is becoming one of the most important skills that students can acquire.

    In a suite of rankings compiled by the French consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, students can explore which universities have a good reputation for providing a digital education and encouraging tech skills and entrepreneurship.

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    The table was put together through the screening of 150,000 CVs of executives at the world’s leading digital companies, as ranked by Crunchbase. This analysis was combined with a live survey led by Trendence from a global panel of 3,500 selected digital professionals, corporate IT executives, start-up executives and young digital professionals worldwide. The full methodology can be found here.

    The top five are a varied bunch, featuring universities from the US, Japan, Germany, Australia and the UK.

    Top three universities for digital entrepreneurship

    1. Harvard University

    Harvard’s Business School offers a range of courses in entrepreneurship, including a dedicated MBA programme. The Rock Centre for Entrepreneurship supports students with their entrepreneurial aspirations.

    The centre holds an annual contest called the New Venture Competition that offers students a cash prize for their business ideas.

    The Harvard i-Lab also provides students with resources to develop and grow their businesses, including one-to-one advising, an incubator programme and office hours with industry experts.

    2. The University of Tokyo

    The University of Tokyo is a public university located in Tokyo, Japan.

    The university has 10 faculties, including economics and science. There are a range of research centres and institutes associated with the university, among them the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology.

    The Career Support Office provides students with career counselling and employment information to support them in finding a career after they graduate.

    3. University of Melbourne

    The University of Melbourne has a unique curriculum that allows students to choose a major to specialise in and also to undertake additional courses to explore new subjects.

    The university also offers short courses and microcredentials for professional development in a variety of subjects, including cybersecurity, digital storytelling and enterprise skills, among others.

    Top universities for digital entrepreneurship 2024

    Digital entrepreneurship rank 2024UniversityCountry/region
    1Harvard Business School - Harvard UniversityUnited States
    2The University of TokyoJapan
    3University of MelbourneAustralia
    4Technical University of MunichGermany
    5University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    6IE UniversitySpain
    7University of SydneyAustralia
    8University of TorontoCanada
    9KU LeuvenBelgium
    10University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
    11LMU MunichGermany
    12UNSW SydneyAustralia
    13Copenhagen Business SchoolDenmark
    14University of British ColumbiaCanada
    15Boston UniversityUnited States
    =16National University of SingaporeSingapore
    =16Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    18Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore
    19King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
    20London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
    21Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
    22Bocconi UniversityItaly
    23University of CopenhagenDenmark
    24Ecole Polytechnique - Institut Polytechique de ParisFrance
    25Trinity College DublinIreland
    26Boston CollegeUnited States
    =27University of CalgaryCanada
    =27University of Technology SydneyAustralia
    29University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
    30UCLUnited Kingdom
    31Indian Institute of Technology BombayIndia
    32Universitat Ramon LlulSpain
    33National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
    =34California State University, East BayUnited States
    =34CentraleSupélec - Paris Saclay UniversityFrance
    36Monash UniversityAustralia
    37University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    38ETH ZurichSwitzerland
    39Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
    39Stanford UniversityUnited States
    =41Yale UniversityUnited States
    =41Columbia UniversityUnited States
    =43École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
    =43University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
    =43Birla Institute of Technology and Science, PilaniIndia
    46Lund UniversitySweden
    47University of Cape TownSouth Africa
    48Babson CollegeUnited States
    49McGill UniversityCanada
    50University of WaterlooCanada
    51Brigham Young UniversityUnited States
    52University of BristolUnited Kingdom
    53Cornell UniversityUnited States
    54Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
    55Brown UniversityUnited States
    56University of NavarraSpain
    57KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
    58California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    59University of BathUnited Kingdom
    =60Ben-Gurion University of the NegevIsrael
    =60Tsinghua UniversityChina
    =62Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
    =62Indian Institute of Technology DelhiIndia
    64University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
    65Duke UniversityUnited States
    66Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
    67New York UniversityUnited States
    68Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
    69Arizona State UniversityUnited States
    70Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
    71Peking UniversityChina
    72Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael
    73Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    74IDC HerzliyaIsrael
    =75University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
    =75Conservatoire National des Arts et MétiersFrance
    =77Bar-Ilan UniversityIsrael
    =77Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV)Brazil
    79Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael
    80Emory UniversityUnited States
    81University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
    82Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
    82Indian Institute of Technology MadrasIndia
    84Indian Institute of Technology KanpurIndia
    85Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurIndia
    86Bangalore UniversityIndia
    87Georgetown UniversityUnited States
    88Northwestern UniversityUnited States
    89Drexel UniversityUnited States
    89Tecnológico de MonterreyMexico
    91Université Paris-Dauphine - PSL UniversityFrance
    92University of St GallenSwitzerland
    93University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
    =94University of WashingtonUnited States
    =94University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
    96Princeton UniversityUnited States
    97Miami UniversityUnited States
    98Western UniversityCanada
    99University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
    100Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUnited States
    101Purdue University West LafayetteUnited States
    102The University of ChicagoUnited States
    103Penn State (Main campus)United States
    104University of DelhiIndia
    105Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia
    106Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityIndia
    107University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
    108Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUnited States
    109University of Texas at Austin: McCombsUnited States
    110University of MumbaiIndia
    111Northeastern UniversityUnited States
    112University of FloridaUnited States
    113University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States
    =114Texas A&M UniversityUnited States
    =114San Diego State UniversityUnited States
    =114University of VirginiaUnited States
    117Washington University in St LouisUnited States
    118University of California, San DiegoUnited States
    =119Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
    =119Universidad PanamericanaMexico
    121University of MadrasIndia
    123University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
    124University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
    125Santa Clara UniversityUnited States
    126Vanderbilt UniversityUnited States
    =127Southern Methodist UniversityUnited States
    =127San Jose State UniversityUnited States
    129Rutgers University - New BrunswickUnited States
    130University of São PauloBrazil
    131University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States
    =132University of California, IrvineUnited States
    =132Universidad del PacíficoPeru
    134Syracuse UniversityUnited States
    135University of California, DavisUnited States
    =136University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
    =136University of Colorado BoulderUnited States
    138Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - Centrum Graduate Business SchoolPeru
    139Universidad Peruana de Ciencias AplicadasPeru
    =140University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
    =140University of ArizonaUnited States
    =142Tufts UniversityUnited States
    =142University of MarylandUnited States
    144London Business SchoolUnited Kingdom
    =145University of Massachusetts AmherstUnited States
    =145Adolfo Ibañez UniversityChile
    147Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileChile
    148University of KansasUnited States
    148Universidad ESAN - Graduate School of BusinessPeru
    150Tallinn University of TechnologyEstonia


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