The University of Zurich (UZH) secured ninth place in Thomson Reuters’ ranking of the most innovative universities in Europe, putting it one place up on last year. In the ranking, the news agency rates European universities for their research findings and inventions.
Belgium’s University of Leuven topped the ranking, followed by the Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of Munich. Of the Swiss universities, only the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) fared better than the UZH, taking fifth place. Other Swiss universities in the ranking were the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) in 11th place and the University of Basel in 25th place.
The UZH revealed that it impressed with its scientific and technology transfer, with the university entering more than 500 research collaborations with partners from business per year. It added that UZH scientists apply for one new patent every two weeks on average.
Since 1999, 80 spin-off companies have been formed from the UZH – in particular in future-oriented industries, such as biotech, medtech and ICT.