Judging by the relatively strong bond with the business community, the Eindhoven University of Technology is among the world’s top in innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, according to Robert Tijssen, professor in Science and Innovation Studies at the Leiden University, who examined 750 universities world wide, the TU/e is the undisputed number one in the world. Most important indicator is the number of scientists who not only work for the university but also in business. TU/e’s high score is, according to Tijssen, partly due to the proximity of Philips Research.

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