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Southampton ranked one of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities

Published: 16 June 2016
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The University has been named as one of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities by Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news agency.


Southampton was ranked 77th, one of 17 UK universities, in Reuters’ first-ever ranking of Europe’s top 100 innovative universities. The list identifies the higher educational institutions that are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy. 

Don Spalinger, Director of Research and Innovation Services, said: 

“It’s an honour for Southampton to be amongst the most prestigious research-intensive universities across Europe. 

“We are collaborating with hundreds of partners across Europe with a substantial portion of our research income flowing from Europe. We work with corporate, health and public sector partners to ensure our research creates social impacts that are changing the world for the better. 

“Southampton is a founding member of SETsquared, the global number one university business incubator. We have developed a game-changing programme, ICURe (Innovation and Commercialisation of University Research) that, in its pilot stages, is already producing results, taking our research out of the lab and into the global economy.” 

Likewise, Associate Professor Dr Suhaila Mohd Sanip, Director of Education and Research services at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, was delighted with the latest success.

She said, ‘’Research and education are the main drivers of our mission, and we very are satisfied to be named as one of the most innovative universities. Our partnerships with universities in Malaysia, China, and Singapore reflect our strong presence in our target regions as we seek to become a leading provider of engineering education and research in Asia.

To compile its ranking, the IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters began by identifying more than 600 global organisations that publish the most academic research – including educational institutions, non-profit charities, and government-funded labs. They then evaluated each candidate on 10 different metrics, focusing on academic papers (which indicate basic research) and patent filings (which point to an institution’s ability to apply research and commercialise its discoveries). Finally, they trimmed the list so that it only included European universities, and then ranked them based on their performance.

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