prev54The Reuters Top 100 aims to identify which institutions contribute the most to science and technology, and have the greatest impact on the global economy. The ranking uses proprietary data and analysis tools from the Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters to examine a series of patent and research-related metrics, and get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.

How can potential partners, investors, faculty and students know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and affecting the global economy? prev47

To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank Europe’s top 100 innovative universities, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university; and patent filings, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries. Finally, they trimmed the list so that it only included European universities, and then ranked them based on their performance. prev5

The most innovative university in Europe is KU Leuven, a Dutch-speaking school based in Belgium’s Flanders region which maintains one of the largest independent research and development organisations on the planet. KU Leuven earned its first place rank, in part, by putting out a high volume of influential inventions. Its researchers submit more patents than almost any other university in Europe, and outside researchers frequently cite KU Leuven inventions in their own patent applications. prev50

Other key findings of the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking include the strong performance of universities in Western Europe, with 60 universities in the Top 100. Northern Europe comes in a distant second, with 24; Southern Europe has 15. Eastern Europe only has a single university on the list, Poland’s Jagiellonian University, ranked 92. German universities account for 24 of the 100 most innovative universities in Europe, more than any other country, while the United Kingdom came in second with 17 institutions on the list.

The Reuters Top 100: The Most Innovative European Universities

1    KU Leuven
2    Imperial College London
3    University of Cambridge
4    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
5    Technical University of Munich
6    University of Erlangen Nuremberg
7    Delft University of Technology
8    University of Oxford
9    University of Munich
10    University of Zurich
11    University of Copenhagen
12    Technical University of Denmark
13    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
14    Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6
15    University of Paris Sud – Paris 11
16    Eindhoven University of Technology
17    University of Manchester
18    University of Dundee
19    Free University of Berlin
20    Dresden University of Technology
21    University Libre Brussels
22    Ghent University
23    University of Montpellier
24    University of Freiburg
25    University of Paris Descartes – Paris 5
26    Erasmus University Rotterdam
27    University of Claude Bernard – Lyon 1
28    University of Strasbourg
29    Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg
30    University of London
31    Humboldt University of Berlin
32    University of Edinburgh
33    University of Basel
34    University of Aix-Marseille
35    Grenoble Alpes University
36    Charite Medical University of Berlin
37    University of Paris Diderot – Paris VII
38    Leiden University
39    Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
40    Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
41    University of Oslo
42    Polytechnic University of Milan
43    Ecole Polytechnique
44    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
45    Cardiff University
46    Saarland University
47    University of Utrecht
48    Trinity College Dublin
49    University of Paul Sabatier – Toulouse III
50    Vrije University of Brussels
51    University of Amsterdam
52    University of Milan
53    University of Birmingham
54    University of Munster
55    Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen
56    University of Leeds
57    Universite de Bordeaux
58    Aarhus University
59    University of Sheffield
60    RWTH Aachen University
61    Universite Catholique Louvain
62    Technical University of Berlin
63    University of Twente
64    University of Stuttgart
65    University of Barcelona
66    Hannover Medical School
67    Vienna University of Technology
68    University of Groningen
69    University of Kiel
70    University of Nottingham
71    University of Liege
72    Sapienza University Rome
73    University of Loire Bretagne
74    University College Cork
75    Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
76    Maastricht University
77    University of Southampton
78    University of Lorraine
79    University of Bologna
80    University of Rennes 1
81    University of Bristol
82    University of St Andrews
83    University of Bonn
84    University of Warwick
85    Polytechnic University of Catalonia
86    Autonomous University of Barcelona
87    Queens University Belfast
88    Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
89    Darmstadt University of Technology
90    University of Hannover
91    University of Rostock
92    Jagiellonian University
93    University of Santiago De Compostela
94    University College Dublin
95    University of Valencia
96    University of Sevilla
97    Polytechnic University of Madrid
98    University of Padua
99    Complutense University of Madrid
100    University of Granada


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