German & Swiss universities are ranked highly at international level (“Shanghai Ranking”)

The innovation pillar of EIT Health relies on the network and efforts of all the partners in it. The experiences and successes that the partners bring to the network are therefore essential. For instance, the EIT Health core partner FAU, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, has demonstrated a unique achievement by being classified as the most innovative university in Germany according to the latest ranking from the media concern Reuters (see news here). Not only that, but the EIT Health associate partner EPFL, the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, is ranked number one in Switzerland.

The ranking from the US-Canadian media concern Reuters measures innovation on the basis of ten different factors including the number of publications, patent applications and collaborations with industry. FAU conducts research in collaboration with major international companies such as Siemens, Schaeffler and Adidas. Joint projects explore issues such as renewable energies, health, medical technologies and future materials.

These achievements by EIT Health Germany’s partners are not solely limited to EIT Health or even just Europe, but they extend to reach a worldwide recognition. In fact, since the 2018 Shanghai Ranking has been published – the University of Heidelberg, also a core EIT Health partner and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are ranked 47th and 48th. This makes them the only two German universities among the top 50 (see news item here and here).

Moreover, once again, TUM is the only technical university in Germany listed among the world’s best 100 universities. In the meantime, FAU is among the world’s top 100 universities in six subjects. Energy Science and Engineering and Telecommunication Engineering were ranked among the top 50.

In fact, TUM not only excels when compared to German technical universities. It was yet again ranked among the best three technical universities in Europe, in which one of them is ETH Zürich ranking 19th, also another proud EIT Health partner (see here).

The Shanghai Ranking is carried out every year by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Universities and individual subjects are assessed during the ranking which focuses on research. The 54 subjects in the ranking are assessed according to several indicators including the number of publications by a university, number of publications with international collaboration, as well as number of publications in renowned scientific journals. More than 1600 universities from 83 countries were evaluated during this year’s ranking.

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