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June 14, 2016

KU Leuven, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge top the inaugural Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking

LONDON – KU Leuven, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge lead the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking. The 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? 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.

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.

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.

For more on the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit www.reuters.com/most-innovative-universities-europe.

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


Notes to Editors

A webcast launching the European Top 100 will take place from 4-5.15pm CET on June 14 and can be watched at www.reuters.com/innovative-universities-livestream

Viewers will be able to Tweet their questions using the hashtag #Reuters100


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