UniRanks Best Universities in Europe 2017

December 2016

37 universities from 10 European countries make the top 100 list of UniRanks World University Ranking 2017 edition. The UK boasts 13 of them, Netherlands 7, Switzerland 4, Germany 3, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Sweden all have 2, Finland and Norway 1 each.

UK universities dominate the European ranking with seven out of the ten best; only Switzerland and Germany make it to the prestigious short-list: the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and Imperial College London take the first three spots, followed by University College London (UCL), ETH Zurich, The University of Edinburgh, King's College London, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), The University of Manchester, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU).

The elite institutions Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, and ETH feature in the top 5 of all major rankings. Remarkably is the great performance of Scandinavian countries, with Sweden, Finland, and Norway, as well as smaller countries such as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, which all feature a high number of institutions relative to their size and population. Although UK universities dominates the European top 10 list with seven institutions, it only features eight universities in the top 30, which sees institutions from the smaller countries previously mentioned rise.

UniRanks World University Ranking compiles the results of the five most influential university rankings: THE World University Ranking, QS World University Ranking, US News Best Global University, Shanghai ARWU Ranking, and Reuters World Top 100 Innovative Universities. UniRanks provides an easy overview of an institution performances across indicators and rankings, and is the reference University Ranking of Rankings.

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Top 10 Universities in Europe:

1. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1209
  • Nobel Laureates: 96
  • Fields Medallist: 10
  • Turing Awards: 4

The University of Cambridge is rich in history - its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University's museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.

Many of the University's customs and unusual terminology can be traced to roots in the early years of the University's long history, and this booklet looks to the past to find the origins of much that is distinctive in the University of today.

source: www.cam.ac.uk

2. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1096
  • Nobel Laureates: 51
  • Fields Medallist: 4
  • Turing Awards: 4

Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.

The collegiate system is at the heart of the University’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging both to a large, internationally renowned institution and to a small, interdisciplinary academic community. It brings together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups and from different cultures and countries, helping to foster the intense interdisciplinary approach that inspires much of the outstanding research achievement of the University and makes Oxford a leader in so many fields.

source: www.ox.ac.uk

3. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1907 (roots trace back to 1845)
  • Nobel Laureates: 14
  • Fields Medallist: 2
  • Turing Awards: 1

Imperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak. Recognition of this ground-breaking work has come in the form of 14 Nobel Prizes, 81 Fellowships from the Academy of Medical Sciences, 77 from the Royal Academy of Engineering and 73 from the Royal Society.

Imperial brings together intersecting disciplines, industries and sectors across four major areas to further our understanding of the natural world, solve major engineering problems, lead the data science revolution and improve health and well-being. Emerging areas of research include the development of low-carbon technologies, stem cell therapy for stroke and how to turn light into matter.

source: www.imperial.ac.uk

4. University College London (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1829
  • Nobel Laureates: 29
  • Fields Medallist: 3
  • Turing Awards: 0

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with approximately 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class, religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

source: www.ucl.ac.uk

5. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

  • Established: 1855
  • Nobel Laureates: 21
  • Fields Medallist: 3
  • Turing Awards: 0

Established in 1855 as the Federal Polytechnical School, ETH Zurich has, from the outset, been a national centre for education with international appeal, attracting talent from all over the world. The successful combination of a cosmopolitan outlook with national roots made the young educational institution one of the driving forces behind industrialisation in Switzerland: it brought the necessary expertise into the country, trained technical specialists and helped set up groundbreaking national infrastructures.

In more recent times, global developments such as computer-assisted data processing and the far-reaching consequences of globalisation have placed ever-increasing demands on universities. The long-standing tradition of ETH Zurich, combined with its ability constantly to adapt to new requirements, have brought great success to the university. Today, it ranks among the world’s leading universities of science and technology.

source: www.ethz.ch

6. University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1582
  • Nobel Laureates: 21
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 2

From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583. The University of Edinburgh's academic structure is based on three Colleges containing a total of 20 Schools.

source: www.ed.ac.uk

7. King's College London (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 1829
  • Nobel Laureates: 12
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs. King's professors played a major part in nineteenth-century science and in extending higher education to women and working men through evening classes.

King’s has over 27,600 students (including nearly 10,500 postgraduates) from some 150 countries and almost 6,800 employees.

source: www.kcl.ac.uk

8. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Established: 1969 (roots trace back to 1853)
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. With the status of a national school since 1969, the young engineering school has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the most famous European institutions of science and technology. Like its sister institution in Zurich, ETHZ, it has three core missions: training, research and technology transfer. Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two Ecoles Polytechniques (Institutes of Technology) form the EPF domain , which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER).

EPFL is located in Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of the largest lake in Europe, Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Its main campus brings together over 11,000 persons, students, researchers and staff in the same magical place. Because of its dynamism and rich student community, EPFL has been able to create a special spirit imbued with curiosity and simplicity. Daily interactions amongst students, researchers and entrepreneurs on campus give rise to new scientific, technological and architectural projects.

With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe’s most innovative and productive scientific institutions. Ranked top 3 in Europe and top 20 worldwide in many scientific rankings, EPFL has attracted the best researchers in their fields. EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It receives students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. The campus offers services and facilities to transform scientific excellence into economic competitiveness, jobs and quality of life. A breeding ground for new companies, coaching services, study programmes in entrepreneurship and innovation programmes foster relations between the laboratories and the companie.

source: www.epfl.ch

9. University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

  • Established: 2004 (roots trace back to 1824)
  • Nobel Laureates: 25
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

The University of Manchester, in its present form, was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). After 100 hundred years of working closely together both institutions agreed to form a single university, and on 22 October 2004 they officially combined to form the largest single-site university in the UK.

source: www.manchester.ac.uk

10. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany)

  • Established: 1472
  • Nobel Laureates: 14
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

LMU Munich has a classical academic profile ranging from the humanities and cultural sciences, law, economics, and social sciences to medicine and natural sciences. The University is divided into 18 faculties and enjoys one of Germany’s finest library systems. Creative thinking, problem-solving and research are central to LMU’s academic programs. With 2,300 beds, its Medical Center is, next to the Charité in Berlin, the most prestigious and largest institution of this kind in Germany.

source: www.en.uni-muenchen.de