Clarivate Analytics Data Powers the Annual Reuters Top 100 Europe’s Most Innovative Universities Ranking

Clarivate Analytics Data Powers the Annual Reuters Top 100 Europe’s Most Innovative Universities Ranking
by Clarivate Analytics

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


The Reuters Top 100: The Most Innovative European Universities

1KU LeuvenBelgium
2Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
3University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
4Federal Polytechnic School of LausanneSwitzerland
5University of Erlangen NurembergGermany
6Technical University of MunichGermany
7University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
8University of MunichGermany
9Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
10Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
11University College LondonUnited Kingdom
12Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
13University of ZurichSwitzerland
14University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
15University of BaselSwitzerland
16University of MontpellierFrance
17Leiden UniversityNetherlands
18Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6France
19University of Paris Descartes – Paris 5France
20Ruprecht Karl University HeidelbergGermany
21Johannes Gutenberg University of MainzGermany
22Free University of BerlinGermany
23Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
24University of FreiburgGermany
25University of Paris Sud – Paris 11France
26Charité Medical University of BerlinGermany
27Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
28Grenoble Alpes UniversityFrance
29Dresden University of TechnologyGermany
30University of BordeauxFrance
31Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
32University of OsloNorway
33Ghent UniversityBelgium
34University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
35University of Claude Bernard – Lyon 1France
36University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
37Queen Mary University LondonUnited Kingdom
38King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
39Technical University of BerlinGermany
40RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
41University of StrasbourgFrance
42Free University of BrusselsBelgium
43University of CopenhagenDenmark
44Polytechnic University of MilanItaly
45University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
46Grenoble Institute of TechnologyFrance
47Vrije University of BrusselsBelgium
48Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
49Ecole PolytechniqueFrance
50Goethe University FrankfurtGermany
51University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7France
52University of MunsterGermany
53Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
54Catholic University of LouvainBelgium
55Hannover Medical SchoolGermany
56Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
57University of AmsterdamNetherlands
58University of DundeeUnited Kingdom
59University of Aix-MarseilleFrance
60University of LeicesterUnited Kingdom
61Saarland UniversityGermany
62University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
63Eberhard Karls University of TubingenGermany
64Vienna University of TechnologyAustria
65Trinity College DublinIreland
66University of MilanItaly
67University of Paul Sabatier – Toulouse IIIFrance
68University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
69University of BarcelonaSpain
70University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
71University of StuttgartGermany
72University of WurzburgGermany
73University of LorraineFrance
74University of GenevaSwitzerland
75University of TwenteNetherlands
76University of LilleFrance
77Newcastle UniversityUnited Kingdom
78University of GroningenNetherlands
79University of NantesFrance
80University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
81Sapienza University RomeItaly
82University of Rennes 1France
83University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
84Aarhus UniversityDenmark
85University of SurreyUnited Kingdom
86University of LiegeBelgium
87Polytechnic University of CataloniaSpain
88Friedrich Schiller University of JenaGermany
89University College CorkIreland
90Jagiellonian UniversityPoland
91Aalto UniversityFinland
92University of BonnGermany
93Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
94Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
95Darmstadt University of TechnologyGermany
96University of AntwerpBelgium
97University of Nice Sophia AntipolisFrance
98University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
99Polytechnical University of ValenciaSpain
100University of ValenciaSpain



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