Combined research TU/e — Philips scores high globally


TU Eindhoven is up at the top in the worldwide list of universities allied to an industrial partner. This is the conclusion drawn by Times Higher Education (THE) in a background article published today on combined academic-industrial scientific research. Earlier this week QS published its annual ranking per subject, in which TU/e entered the top-100 for Engineering and Technology for the first time.
 
Times Higher investigated which companies and universities generated the most joint research output worldwide, and the combination of TU/e — Philips made fourth spot. 
 
In touch
In an interview with journalist John Morgan of Times Higher Education, Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens of TU Eindhoven explained that the collaboration with Philips helps ensure the university is in touch with today’s societal challenges.

Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens

Interaction
Frank Baaijens believes that the collaboration with Philips gives TU/e academics a better understanding of and enables them to be better attuned to the requirements from business and industry, and the research challenges that a company has and explores. At the same time, the cooperation with Philips can act as an accelerator or bridge that leads to highly practical applications.
 
Referring to the confidentiality of research results in respect of the competition aspect, Baaijens says, “We have intellectual property agreements. Philips has the option to temporarily delay the publication of research results. But this is only a temporary measure. That option is a key factor in our relationship.”

Times Higher
Times Higher Education is a British weekly journal that is geared specifically to higher education. Since 2004 the organization has also published an annual University Ranking, one of the most influential rankings in the world.

After TU/e — Philips, one other Dutch tandem is to be found in the list of biggest corporate links. At number 26 is the combination Wageningen University — Unilever.

Number of universities in in top 50 of world university rankings universities with the most industry collaborations

The list of Universities with Biggest Corporate Links is dominated by a combination of South Korean universities and multinationals, with seven of the top fifteen duos based there. South Korea has the second highest R&D percentage (4.23% in 2015) in the world (after Israel) with a clear focus on high-tech industry. Noteworthy is the fact that ten of the top 50 spots are taken by American institutes and companies.

For more information about universities with strong ties to industry, go to the Times Higher Education site: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/universities-with-biggest-corporate-links 
 
TU/e in QS ranking per discipline
TU/e has risen to 88th spot in the worldwide QS Ranking by Subject in the discipline Engineering and Technology. The list comprises 501 universities. Last year Eindhoven was just outside the top 100 at 104th spot, so now it is in the top 100 for the first time, the second Dutch university after TU Delft, which is 20th in the ranking. The top is led by MIT, Stanford and Cambridge with ETH Zürich 5th and EPFL Lausanne 12th. In the Natural Science subject list TU/e is 184th and is 47th in the category Arts & Humanities with the subject Architecture / Built Environment, a drop of 19 places over a period of two years.
 
See all the rankings in the dropdown menu on the QS page: https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/eindhoven-university-technology#sub 
 
The whole list of Engineering and Technology can be found at: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2017/engineering-technology