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Flanders has most innovative university of Europe

Every year, Canadian multinational Thomson Reuters compiles a ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities. For the second year in a row, Flanders’ KU Leuven comes in first place. 

Inventions and patents

The list identifies the universities contributing the most to advancing science, inventing technologies and fueling the global economy. The ranking is based on 10 parameters, particularly academic papers and patent filings. Flanders-based university KU Leuven came in first place for the second time in a row, followed by Imperial College London and University of Cambridge. 

Flanders as an innovation hub

Flanders’ KU Leuven submits more patents than any other European educational institution, and other researchers frequently cite the university when applying for patents. The independent research and development organization also produces a lot of influential inventions. These qualities in particular make it the most innovative university of Europe. Other universities in Flanders also rank highly, such as Ghent University (19) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (38). 

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KU Leuven
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Reuters
9 May 2017

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