SEMARANG – An international institution committed in accelerating the pace of innovation, Clarivate Plc, honored Diponegoro University (UNDIP) as one of the most innovative academic institutions in Southeast and South Asia in 2020. Similar awards were also given to University of Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India), National University of Malaysia (Malaysia), Cebu Technological University (Philippines), Singapore National University of Singapore (Singapore) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam).

The award is only given to one institution in each country. Thus Undip is the only university in Indonesia that have received the South and South East Asia Innovation Award 2020 from Clarivate Plc. Clarivate was founded in 2016, previously a division of Intellectual Property and Science from Thomson Reuters. Clarivate becomes an independent company after the acquisition of Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property and Science Business.

Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., when asked for his response, expressed his gratitude for the appreciation of international institutions for the progress of Undip academic community. “We are grateful for the awards from external parties. However, it should be noted that this is not Undip’s main objective,” said Yos Johan Utama, on Wednesday (23/12/2020).

According to Prof. Yos, many indicators are used as benchmarks for achievements of the institution he leads. The relevant indicators are included to maintain Undip’s position as a Legal Entity State University. However, it is recognized that external appreciation can be an internal measure of work.

Table 1. List of recipients of South and South East Asia Innovation Award 2020 from Clarivate


Apart from higher education institutions, innovation awards are also given to government-owned research institutions. In 2020, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia) is listed as the recipient of Southeast and South Asia Innovation Award from Clarivate Plc. Meanwhile, from India there is Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; Malaysian Palm Oil Board from Malaysia; Agency for Science, Technology and Research from Singapore; and Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology from Vietnam.

For corporate category, PT. Pertamina is one of the companies in Southeast and South Asia that received awards for its innovation in 2020. Several companies that received similar awards are Petronas from Malaysia, Sivantos Group from Singapore, MAS Holdings from Sri Lanka, Siam Cement Group from Thailand and Viettel Group from Vietnam.

The award, which are given in the third week of November 2020, is held in conjunction with Innovation Forum which brought together leaders from the academic, government, and industry sectors in Southeast and South Asia to share experiences in transforming and accelerating the pace of innovation. President of IP Group Clarivate Plc, Jeff Roy, said that his institution is very happy to be able to host a forum for regional leaders and experts who have dedicated their lives to innovation.

“We are committed in creating, protecting (copyright works), and advancing innovation. Bringing together innovators from academic sectors with government and industry will make innovation continue to develop and have a positive impact on social, economic and technological life,” said Jeff Roy as published on

According to him, the awards are given after monitoring and analysis of the volume of patents, volume of citations, success of patents and their global capabilities. The patent data used are from the Derwent World Patents Index ™ (DWPI) and the Derwent Patent Citations Index ™ (DPCI), which are the most comprehensive patent information database management agencies in the world.

There are at least 235 universities, government research institutes and corporations in Southeast and South Asia identified as innovators. From that result, Clarivate honored innovation awards to 28 institutions in the top positions.

The Innovation Forum, which was held virtually by Clarivate, was opened by the CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant. In his speech, Amitabh revealed the commitment of Indian Government’s in encouraging research and innovation, and protecting intellectual property. “India is pushing up R&D spending substantially. The Indian government also applies patent rights and strict contract rules to increase the trust of innovators,” he said.