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The top 10 most innovative universities in Europe are EIT Community partners

Nine out of Europe’s 10 most innovative universities are EIT Health partners

When Reuters named the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe on 3 May, all of the top 10 were EIT Community partners.


According to Reuters, the top 10 most innovative universities in Europe are:

  1. KU Leuven, Belgium
  2. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Technical University of Munich, Germany
  5. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  6. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  7. Pierre and Marie Curie University, France
  8. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  9. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  10. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

The methodology involved institutions that filed 50 or more patents. According to Reuters, 'Each candidate university was then evaluated using various indicators including how often a university’s patent applications were granted, how many patents were filed with global patent offices and local authorities and how often the university’s patents were cited by others.'

Martin Kern, the Interim Director of the EIT, said, ‘This is a marvelous story, showing the degree of integration between the EIT's Innovation Communities and the leading universities in Europe'.

How is the EIT involved with universities?

The EIT's Knowledge and Innovation Communities (Innovation Communities) offer EIT-label degree programmes through their partnerships with major universities. These programmes are held at Master and PhD levels. 

The EIT’s Innovation Communities are partnerships that bring together businesses, research centres and universities; their partners include some of the biggest names in the world in these three areas. They allow:

  • innovative products and services to be developed in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing
  • new companies to be started
  • a new generation of entrepreneurs to be trained

Learn more about EIT-label education programmes.

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