Reuters called the hundred most innovative universities in Europe. The rating was compiled on the basis of the number of patents and research conducted at universities from 2010 to 2015.
In the ranking was not a single Russian University, despite the fact that, as noted by Reuters, Russia is the most populated European country and the size of the economy is the fifth among European countries.
In the first place was the Catholic University of Leuven (KU, Belgium). According to Reuters, the oldest Catholic University in the world is not limited to the study of theology: its mission is to conduct comprehensive research. By the end of 2015 KU expenditure on research activities exceeded €454 million In December 2016, the University announced a partnership with Ford to study the durability of parts printed on a 3D printer. In addition, recently, KU was the first surgical operation on a patient with occlusion of the retina, which was conducted by the University designed the robot.
Second place in the rating was occupied by the Imperial College London (UK). The University, in particular, has made progress in the study of artificial photosynthesis and transmitting wireless signals to the drones. The University collaborates with Shell and Qatar Petroleum.
Third place was awarded to Reuters Cambridge University. According to the Agency, the University, founded in 1209, it was somehow connected to the greatest number of Nobel laureates — 96. In 2016 Cambridge reported on the allocation of grants to support research activities worth more than £462 million to the University collaborates with leading corporations around the world, various research projects of the University in the field of aerospace industry, Boeing is funding.
The largest number of universities in the rating — 23 — from Germany, 17 universities from the UK, the same from France.
The largest number — more than 100 innovative higher education institutions per capita boasts Ireland indicate that the drafters of the rating. The second most innovative country according to this indicator, Denmark is the third — Belgium, followed by Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In November 2016 the British consulting company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) included seven Russian universities in its ranking of the world’s best universities in terms of graduate employment. Among them was Moscow state University. M. V. Lomonosov (MSU), Moscow state Institute of international relations (MGIMO), Russian economic University (REU) named. G. V. Plekhanov, Saint Petersburg state University (SPbSU), Moscow Institute of physics and technology (MIPT), Higher school of Economics (HSE) and the national research technological University MISIS. While MSU was the third (after Stanford and Oxford) in terms of alumni outcomes (achievements of graduates). In total, the rating took into account five parameters: the “reputation of the employer” and “cooperation of universities with employers, achievements of graduates”, “the participation of the employer in the lives of students and employment of graduates”.