Top 100 most innovative universities in Europe 2018

These are the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe according to Reuters’ 2018 innovation ranking

May 3 2018
Top 100 most innovative universities in Europe

KU Leuven in Belgium has taken the crown as the most innovative university in Europe for the third year running, in Reuters’ latest innovation ranking. 

The Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranks institutions across the continent that are doing the most to advance science, to invent new technologies and to boost new markets and industries. 

Two universities from the UK enter the top five in second and third place (Imperial College London and University of Cambridge, respectively). The fourth place position is taken by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany rounds out the top five in fifth place. 

This year’s ranking shows that universities in smaller countries are perhaps demonstrating greater levels of innovation than those in the larger countries. For example, Belgium has seven universities in the ranking, but has a population of 11 million people. In contrast, Russia is the most populous country in Europe but no Russian universities made it into the top 100. 

To compile the ranking, Clarivate Analytics identified the 600 global organisations that published the most articles in academic journals. This list was then reduced to institutions that filed at least 50 patents with the World Intellectual Property Organisation between 2011 and 2016. Each of these institutions were then evaluated on 10 different metrics focused on academic papers and patent filings and ranked accordingly. The full methodology can be found here

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Top 100 most innovative universities in Europe

2018 Innovation Ranking University Country
1 KU Leuven Belgium
2 Imperial College London United Kingdom
3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
4 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
5 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
6 Technical University of Munich Germany
7 University of Manchester United Kingdom
8 LMU Munich Germany
9 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
10 ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
11 UCL United Kingdom
12 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
13 University of Zurich Switzerland
14 University of Oxford United Kingdom
15 University of Basel Switzerland
16 Montpellier University France
17 Leiden University Netherlands
18 Pierre and Marie Curie University France
19 Paris Descartes University France
20 Heidelberg University Germany
21 Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Germany
22 Free University of Berlin Germany
23 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
24 University of Freiburg Germany
25 Paris-Sud University France
26 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin  Germany
27 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
28 Grenoble Alpes University France
29 TU Dresden Germany
30 University of Bordeaux France
31 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
32 University of Oslo Norway
33 Ghent University Belgium
34 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
35 Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 France
36 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
37 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
38 King's College London United Kingdom
39 Technical University of Berlin Germany
40 RWTH Aachen University Germany
41 University of Strasbourg France
42 Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
43 University of Copenhagen Denmark
44 Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
45 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
46 Grenoble Institute of Technology France
47 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
48 Utrecht University Netherlands
49 École Polytechnique France
50 Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
51 Paris Diderot University - Paris 7 France
52 University of Munster - School of Business and Economics Germany
53 Cardiff University United Kingdom
54 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
55 Hannover Medical School Germany
56 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
57 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
58 University of Dundee United Kingdom
59 Aix-Marseille University France
60 University of Leicester United Kingdom
61 Saarland University Germany
62 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
63 University of Tübingen Germany
64 Vienna University of Technology Austria 
65 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
66 University of Milan Italy
67 Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées France
68 University of Leeds United Kingdom
69 University of Barcelona Spain
70 University of Southampton United Kingdom
71 University of Stuttgart Germany
72 University of Würzburg Germany
73 University of Lorraine France
74 University of Geneva Switzerland
75 University of Twente Netherlands
76 University of Lille 1 France
77 Newcastle University United Kingdom
78 University of Groningen Netherlands
79 University of Nantes France
80 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
81 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
82 University of Rennes 1 France
83 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
84 Aarhus University Denmark
85 University of Surrey United Kingdom
86 University of Liège Belgium
87 Polytechnic University of Catalonia Spain
88 Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena Germany
89 University College Cork Ireland
90 Jagiellonian University Poland
91 Aalto University Finland
92 University of Bonn Germany
93 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
94 Maastricht University  Netherlands
95 Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
96 University of Antwerp Belgium
97 University of Nice Sophia Antipolis France
98 University of Warwick United Kingdom
99 Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain
100 University of Valencia Spain

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