UK-based universities drop a cumulative 35 spots as German and Swiss universities make gains.
LONDON, April 25, 2018 –Today Reuters released its third annual ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities in partnership with Clarivate Analytics. The list is based on empirical data including patent filings from Derwent Innovation and research paper citations from the Web of Science. The list identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy.
The most innovative university in Europe, for the third year running, is Belgium’s KU Leuven. A Dutch-speaking school based in Belgium’s Flanders region, KU Leuven was founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V and continually produces a high volume of influential inventions. Overall, the most elite ranks of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities held steady from last year. The UK’s Imperial College London and University of Cambridge hold onto their respective second and third spots for the third straight year.
Other leading institutions simply traded a few spaces, like the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (up one at four), University of Erlangen Nuremberg (up one at five), and the Technical University of Munich (down two at six).
The overall trend is most clear in the sum of changes in rank for each country’s institutions: the 23 German universities on this year’s list rose 23 spots, more than any other country. Switzerland was second, with five universities up a total of eight spots.
In contrast, the list’s 21 UK-based universities dropped a cumulative 35 spots. The introduction to the ranking concludes that while the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union is almost a year away, Europe’s scientific community may already be leaving the UK in favour of research institutions on the continent. A February 2018 study published by the UK-based Centre for Global Higher Education reports that many German academics view Brexit as an “advantage,” and hope to use it to attract UK researchers to German universities. In turn, UK academics report that their own postdoctoral researchers aren’t seeking positions in the UK and are looking at the EU or United States instead.
According to Reuters , as Brexit unfolds the situation could get worse: A November 2017 study performed by the School of International Futures for the UK’s Royal Society describes a possible post-secession United Kingdom where universities compete for a shrinking pool of skilled workers, projects that used to receive EU funding wither, researchers receive fewer invites to join consortia and attend conferences, and overseas collaboration is limited. Similarly, EU-based businesses that fund research at universities may prefer to keep their investments within the region in order to avoid the tax and regulatory headaches of working with post-Brexit UK institutions.
For more on the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities, including a detailed methodology and profiles of the universities, visit https://www.reuters.com/innovative-universities-europe-2018.
The Reuters Top 100: The Most Innovative European Universities
|2||Imperial College London||United Kingdom|
|3||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom|
|4||Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne||Switzerland|
|5||University of Erlangen Nuremberg||Germany|
|6||Technical University of Munich||Germany|
|7||University of Manchester||United Kingdom|
|8||University of Munich||Germany|
|9||Technical University of Denmark||Denmark|
|10||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich||Switzerland|
|11||University College London||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||University of Montpellier||France|
|18||Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6||France|
|19||University of Paris Descartes – Paris 5||France|
|20||Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg||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||University of Paris Sud – Paris 11||France|
|26||Charité Medical University of Berlin||Germany|
|27||Humboldt University of Berlin||Germany|
|28||Grenoble Alpes University||France|
|29||Dresden University of Technology||Germany|
|30||University of Bordeaux||France|
|31||Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Germany|
|32||University of Oslo||Norway|
|34||University of Birmingham||United Kingdom|
|35||University of Claude Bernard – Lyon 1||France|
|36||University of Glasgow||United Kingdom|
|37||Queen Mary University 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||Free University of Brussels||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 University of Brussels||Belgium|
|50||Goethe University Frankfurt||Germany|
|51||University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7||France|
|52||University of Munster||Germany|
|53||Cardiff University||United Kingdom|
|54||Catholic University of Louvain||Belgium|
|55||Hannover Medical School||Germany|
|56||Erasmus University Rotterdam||Netherlands|
|57||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|58||University of Dundee||United Kingdom|
|59||University of Aix-Marseille||France|
|60||University of Leicester||United Kingdom|
|62||University of Sheffield||United Kingdom|
|63||Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen||Germany|
|64||Vienna University of Technology||Austria|
|65||Trinity College Dublin||Ireland|
|66||University of Milan||Italy|
|67||University of Paul Sabatier – Toulouse III||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 Wurzburg||Germany|
|73||University of Lorraine||France|
|74||University of Geneva||Switzerland|
|75||University of Twente||Netherlands|
|76||University of Lille||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 Rome||Italy|
|82||University of Rennes 1||France|
|83||University of St Andrews||United Kingdom|
|85||University of Surrey||United Kingdom|
|86||University of Liege||Belgium|
|87||Polytechnic University of Catalonia||Spain|
|88||Friedrich Schiller University of Jena||Germany|
|89||University College Cork||Ireland|
|92||University of Bonn||Germany|
|93||Autonomous University of Barcelona||Spain|
|95||Darmstadt University of Technology||Germany|
|96||University of Antwerp||Belgium|
|97||University of Nice Sophia Antipolis||France|
|98||University of Warwick||United Kingdom|
|99||Polytechnical University of Valencia||Spain|
|100||University of Valencia||Spain|
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