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The Eindhoven University of Technology continues to hold its position at the world top when it comes to research collaboration with industry. According to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019, the TU Eindhoven publishes almost 16% of the publications together with one or more industrial partners, making it the second ‘broad’ technical university in the world in terms of combined research with industry. Worldwide only North Carolina State University (US) scores better.

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According to the CWTS ranking, 15.8% of Eindhoven University of Technology publications have someone among the authors working in the industry. This percentage has been stable for years, last year it was 15.4%. TU/e scores best of all European universities, with regard to a minimum of five thousand publications. This also works retroactively for earlier years when TU/e came out as number one, probably because the compilers now have a better view of the industrial partners at this university

Traditionally, TU Eindhoven has good links with industry. This is evidenced by, among other things, a long tradition of part-time professors with a background in the industry. Also, initiatives such as Innovation Space (education) and Eindhoven Engine (research) stimulate innovation with interdisciplinary cooperation with the industry and entrepreneurship.


Compared with other university rankings, the Leiden Ranking only looks at measurable elements in the scientific publication output. There is no measurement of reputation, financial capacity or quality of education. The ranking, with 968 universities this year, has been compiled on the basis of citations, co-authorships, quantitative output (quantity of publications from a university) and degree of cooperation with external organizations, companies and institutes. The 2019 edition is about publications from the 2014-2017 period.

Looking at the number of publications, the ranking is traditionally dominated by Harvard University (US) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Just like last year, two specialized Chinese universities score high in the list for public-private partnerships (China University Petrol Beijing and Southwest Petrol University in Chengdu). These are institutes that specialize in petrochemical research in collaboration with the major Chinese state oil companies.