Thomson Reuters published for the first time a ranking of Europe’s top 100 innovative universities. As the main criteria for evaluation are not only academic papers but also the number of patent filings, many institutions listed are technical universities. However, the University of Zurich ranks 10th, even outperforming her neighbour ETH Zurich on rank 13. Two more Swiss universities are listed:In the top 10, EPFL (4.), as well as the University of Basel (33.) (Pictures: UZH).
The evaluation is based on ten different criteria: Patent Volume, Patent Success, Global Patents, Patent Citations, Patent Citation Impact, Percent of Patents Cited, Patent to Article Citation Impact, Industry Article Citation Impact, Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles, Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers. The IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters compiled a pool of more than 600 global research and educational institutions, evaluated them according to these metrics and finally chose the European institutions to rank them by final score. The top 3 are the KU Leuven (Belgium), the Imperial College London (UK) and the University of Cambridge (UK).
Although Ireland has more top 100 innovative universities per capita, Switzerland proves again that it is among the leading countries in terms of innovative research, despite its small size!