The UAB ranks among the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe

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The UAB ranks third in Spain according to Reuters' World's Most Innovative Universities. It is located in 93rd position in the Reuters News ranking, which assesses patents and the commercial impact of university research. The ranking analyses universities which have registered a minimum of 50 patents in the 2011-2016 period.


The second edition of the Reuters News ranking of most innovative universities in Europe places the UAB in 93rd position. In Spain, the UAB comes in third position after the University of Barcelona (UB), which ranks 69, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC), which ranks 87. Other universities included in the top 100 are the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), in 99th position, and the University of Valencia (100).

The classification assesses the level of innovation of universities according to data related to the number of patent applications presented by each institution between the years 2011 and 2016 (89 in the case of the UAB), relation between the patents presented and those approved (36%), and the commercial impact of the university's basic research, measured through the academic articles cited in the patents' registry (25 points of an average value of 31.3 points).

According to the classification, the most innovative university in Europe is KU Leuven in Belgium, followed by the Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and the Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.

The ranking is based on data provided by Clarivate Analytics (before it separated from Thomson Reuters) and identifies 600 institutions in order to conduct an in-depth analysis of those which applied for a minimum of 50 patents during the 2010-2016 period, with the aim of identifying and classifying the educational centres making the greatest efforts to advance in science, invent new technologies and contribute to leading global economies.


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