UCC, Trinity, and UCD on ‘innovative’ university list

The Quad at UCC, which ranked 74th on Reuters' list.

Three Irish universities have made it into Reuters’ first-ever ranking of Europe’s top 100 “innovative” universities.

Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and University College Dublin have made a list of institutes which are “doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy”.

“Nearly all of them emphasize practical research and applied science, as opposed to pure academics,” said Reuters.

In compiling the list, Reuters said: “The Republic of Ireland only has three schools on the entire list, but with a population under 5 million people, it can boast more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other country in Europe.”

Trinity was in 48th position in the ranking.

“Today Trinity is notable for holding a higher percentage of cited patents in its portfolio than any other university in Europe’s top 100 — more evidence of Ireland’s outsized impact on global research and development,” said Reuters. There were 91 patents flied between 2008 and 2013 with 20.9% granted.

The authors of the list said Trinity’s research portfolio has reached a value of more than €520m and the university brought in €95m in new research funding last year.

University College Cork ranked 74th on the list Reuters said it had filed 82 patents between 2008 and 2013 with 25.6% granted. Reuters said the university puts an emphasis on “technology transfer”.

UCD made it into the rankings in 94th place with 68 patents filed, 27.9% of which were granted.

“The school has raised more than €1 billion in research grants during the past 10 years. UCD has more than 250 industry partnerships, including a three-year, €1.7 million initiative announced in 2016 involving six food and nutrition companies, which will focus on improving food quality and safety,” Reuters said.

The most innovative university in Europe, according to Reuters, is KU Leuven, a Dutch-speaking school based in Belgium’s Flanders region. It said the university maintains one of the largest independent research and development organizations on the planet — in fiscal 2014, research spending exceeded €426m.


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