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These are Europe’s 50 most innovative universities for 2017

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Which European educational institutions are doing the most to advance science and invent new technologies, which help drive an improved global economy?

The most dynamic and innovative university in Europe?

The world’s oldest Catholic university, Belgium’s KU Leuven has been ranked as the most innovative in Europe in the Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking.

Four UK educational institutions have been rated among the top 20 most innovative universities in Europe.

Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the University of Manchester place in 2nd, 3rd, 10th, and 16th position respectively.

Germany, meanwhile, has the most universities on the list – 23 in total – while the United Kingdom and France place second, each with 17 ranked institutions.

Top 50 most innovative universities in Europe:

  1. KU Leuven, Belgium
  2. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Technical University of Munich, Germany
  5. Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
  6. University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany
  7. Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris, France
  8. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  9. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  10. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  11. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  12. University of Munich, Germany
  13. University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  14. Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  15. University of Montpellier, France
  16. University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  17. Leiden University, Netherlands
  18. Free University of Berlin, Germany
  19. Ghent University, Belgium
  20. University of Paris Descartes – Paris, France
  21. University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  22. University of Paris Sud – Paris, France
  23. University of London, United Kingdom
  24. University of Freiburg, Germany
  25. University of Basel, Switzerland
  26. Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  27. Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg, Germany
  28. Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
  29. University of Strasbourg, France
  30. Charité Medical University of Berlin, Germany
  31. Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  32. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  33. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  34. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  35. University of Aix-Marseille, France
  36. Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  37. University of Claude Bernard – Lyon, France
  38. Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  39. Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
  40. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  41. Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  42. University of Bordeaux, France
  43. Grenoble Alpes University, France
  44. Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany
  45. Ecole Polytechnique, France
  46. University of Oslo, Norway
  47. University of Paris Diderot – Paris, France
  48. Vrije University of Brussels, Belgium
  49. Saarland University, Germany
  50. University of Utrecht, Netherlands

The innovative universities list was compiled using 10 different metrics, including academic papers, which indicate basic research and patent filings.

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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