The most innovative universities in Europe 2019

Germany has the highest number of innovative universities in Europe, according to new Reuters’ analysis

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Seeta Bhardwa

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May 6 2019
Most innovative universities in Europe


KU Leuven in Belgium has been named the most innovative university in Europe for the fourth year running. 

The analysis was carried out by Reuters in collaboration with Clarivate Analytics and looked at which universities produce original research, create useful technology, and stimulate the global economy. 

To compile the rankings, Clarivate Analytics identified more than 600 global organisations that publish the most academic research. Then each institution was evaluated based on 10 different metrics focusing on patent filings and research paper citations, and then separated into regions. 

The University of Erlangen-Nuremburg climbs two spots this year to take second position. This bumps Imperial College London (third), the University of Cambridge (fourth) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (fifth) all down one place. 

Germany has the highest number of universities on the list with 23 institutions in the top 100. The UK closely follows with 21 institutions, France is third with 18 universities, Netherlands has 9, Belgium has seven, Spain and Switzerland have five each, Italy has four, Denmark has three, Norway has two, and Austria and Ireland have one each.

The most innovative universities in Europe: top 50

Most innovative rank 2019 University Country
1 KU Leuven Belgium
2 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
3 Imperial College London UK
4 University of Cambridge UK
5 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  Switzerland 
7 Technical University of Munich Germany
8 University of Manchester UK
9 University of Zurich Switzerland
10 ETH Zurich Switzerland 
11 Heidelberg University Germany
12  University of Oxford UK
13 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
14 Leiden University Netherlands
15 Paris-Sud University France
16 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
17 Montpellier University France
18 Paris Descartes University France
19 University of Basel Switzerland
20 LMU Munich Germany
21 King's  College London UK
22 Sorbonne University France
23 Free University of Berlin Germany
24 University of Bordeaux France
25 Utrecht University Netherlands
26 Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Germany
27 RWTH Aachen University Germany
28 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
29 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
30 University of Freiburg Germany
31 TU Dresden Germany
32 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
33 Grenoble Alpes University France
34 Technical University of Berlin Germany
35 University of Copenhagen Denmark
36 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
37 University of Edinburgh UK
38 Saarland University Germany
39 University of Lille France
40 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
41 Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 France
42 University of Dundee UK
43 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
44 University of Glasgow UK
45 University of Tübingen Germany
46 University of Birmingham UK
47 Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
48  Ghent University Belgium
49 Queen Mary University of London UK
50 Aix-Marseille University France

Read more: The most innovative universities in the world  

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