The cities have always served as accumulating centers of human capital and financial resources. Developed communities in creative industries, science, and business make up the brand of the city and work as strong magnets for creators of new technologies and knowledge.
What prompts researchers, heads of corporations, start-up founders, designers, architects, and artists to choose a particular city?
Which megacities have an edge in the competition for the best minds?
To answer these questions, a team of experts from the Russian Cluster Observatory of HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge has developed HSE Global Innovation Index (HSE GCII).
HSE GCII highlights the underlying forces which pull actors of knowledge economy into the cities and estimates a combined influence of technological development, urban environment, and creative industries. The index encompasses 36 global centers. For the first time ever, the ranking was calculated at the city level, following a unique system of 120 indicators. This study undertaken by the HSE University is unparalleled in terms of depth and coverage.
Moscow: goes digital
Leader for digital infrastructure development, number of Wi-Fi access points, technology parks and co-working spaces. The largest innovation cluster in the world combines more than 17,000 members on its digital platform.
Tokyo: married off corporations and universities
Ranked 1st internationally by the number of headquarters of largest companies from Fortune Global 500 and Innovation 1000 lists and leading universities from QS, THE, and ARWU ratings, number of computer game developers and winners of The Pritzker Architecture Prize.
New York: tops the innovation attractiveness ranking
The city has drawn in the largest number of Nobel Prize laureates, Fields Award winners, and the most collectible living artists. Leader for the number of start-ups and fashion brands. Boasts exceptional scope of creative industries, breakthrough science and technologies.
Shanghai: is the global cluster of corporate R&D
Almost 200 companies from Fortune Global 500 and Innovation 1000 ratings opened R&D departments in Shanghai. The city, also known as the «gateway» to the Chinese market, bets on foreign innovators and is leading by the number of international patents.
Milan: crowned the fashion capital of the world
Over a hundred world famous couturiers and 12 largest fashion companies are based in Milan. The city comes out victorious from the toughest competition due to its affordable deluxe segment of the fashion market.
Los Angeles: merges high tech and creativity
The global hub of creative industries, supported by technological innovations. Even if you watched one blockbuster produced in LA a day, you could do it for the whole year without repeating a film.
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