Five Swiss universites among Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities – 2018

KU Leuven tops Reuters ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities.

Producing a high volume of influential inventions and filing patents that are frequently cited by other researchers in academia and in private industry: These are key criteria in Reuters’ ranking, which was compiled in partnership with Clarivate Analytics. It is based on proprietary data and analysis of patent filings and research paper citations.

Universities in Switzerland rank high
#4 Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (#4, up one)
#10 ETH Zurich (#10, up one).
#13 University of Zurich
#15 University of Basel
#74 University of Geneva

The 23 German universities on this year’s list cumulatively rose 23 spots, more than any other country. Switzerland was second, with five universities up a total of 8 spots. And in contrast, the list’s 21 UK-based universities dropped a cumulative 35 spots. On the same per capita basis, the second most innovative country on the list is Switzerland.

To compile the ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters) began by identifying more than 600 global organizations that published the most articles in academic journals, including educational institutions, nonprofit charities, and government-funded institutions. That list was reduced to institutions that filed at least 50 patents with the World Intellectual Property Organization in the period between 2011 and 2016. Then they evaluated each candidate on 10 different metrics, focusing on academic papers (which indicate basic research) and patent filings (which point to an institution’s ability to apply research and commercialize its discoveries). Finally, they trimmed the list so that it only included European universities, and then ranked them based on their performance.