The UPC is among the top 100 European universities in innovation

According to Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018, the UPC is among the top 100 European universities in innovation. In Spain, it ranks second overall Spain and first among the technical universities. This is the third edition of the ranking, which positions the 100 European universities that most contribute to the advancement of science, technological innovation and development of new industries and markets.

May 04, 2018

In Reuters Top 100: Europe’s Most Innovative Universities – 2018, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) was ranked 87th, three places lower than the previous year. All the Spanish universities have dropped positions (the UPC the least), and six have fallen from the list (see table). Among the Spanish universities, the UPC has gone from fourth to second position and remains the top technical university.

Spanish institutions in Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities
Universities 2018 2017 2016
University of Barcelona 69 63 65
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya 87 84 85
Autonomous University of Barcelona 93 81 86
Universitat Politècnica de València 99 85 88
University of València 100 82 95
University of Santiago de Compostela - 92 93
University of Seville - 93 96
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - 96 97
Complutense University of Madrid - 97 99
University of Granada --- 99 100
Autonomous University of Madrid - 100 -
Reuter’s Top 100 is drawn up with the collaboration of Clarivate Analytics, which first identifies the more than 600 institutions worldwide that publish the majority of articles in its databases (the Web of Science). It shortens this list by excluding those that have fewer than 50 patents filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) during the period 2011 to 2016 and those that are not European.

It then evaluates the institutions taking into account ten variables focusing on scientific publications (basic research) and patents (applied research), and publishes the position of the top 100 based on a summary indicator.

The latest edition of the ranking includes 14 countries: Finland (new this year), Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Austria. The list is led by KU Leuven, Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

The UPC’s profile in the Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities - 2018 can be seen at

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