According to this week’s Elsevier magazine, publisher of the Elsevier/ScienceWorks Valorisation Ranking, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is number 2 in the Netherlands when it comes to cashing in on knowledge.
The Elsevier/ScienceWorks Valorisation Ranking rates universities on how effectively they put their scientific and technological knowledge to economic and social use. TU Delft proved to be the best of all 13 Dutch universities in realising its scientific potential.
The comparative survey for the Elsevier/ScienceWorks Valorisation Ranking, which was carried out by research and consultancy bureau ScienceWorks, factors in the number of researchers at each university and demonstrates that individual universities can each have distinct domains in which they are successful. In the ranking, the valorisation of knowledge is characterised along three lines: the Enterprising University, the Cooperative University and the Communicative University. In the overall ranking, the UvA was ranked second in the Netherlands.
Indicators include the way in which a university uses funds and facilities to stimulate entrepreneurship among students and staff, the number of patents a university applies for, participation in collaborative projects with parties including trade and industry and institutions for technological and social knowledge, and the money earned from third-party commissions.
Top 10 Elsevier/ScienceWorks Valorisation Ranking 2011
1. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
2. University of Amsterdam
3. Wageningen University
4. Erasmus University Rotterdam
5. Tilburg University
6. University of Twente
7. Utrecht University
8. Eindhoven University of Technology
9. Radboud University Nijmegen
10. University of Groningen