Last week, the latest edition of U-Multirank 2017 was released, ranking the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen fifth worldwide in the subcategory Graduate companies (category knowledge transfer). The Hanze was one of 1,465 international institutions participating in the ranking, and the Hanze is the top Dutch university in this respect. The Hanze also ranked third in the subcategory regional joint publications (category regional focus) out of 1,236 institutions worldwide and number one in the Netherlands.
The European-based U-Multirank 2017 data, available at www.umultirank.org, compared more than 1,500 research universities and universities of applied sciences in 99 countries worldwide. U-Multirank has carried out its research with the support of the European Commission since 2011. The rankings are published annually.
The Hanze’s success in these respects in reflected in their 2016-2020 strategic plan, “Innovating Together”, which lays out the university’s ambition to launch 500 new companies annually by 2020, thus creating 5,000 new jobs.
In addition, the Hanze has made considerable investments in regional cooperation, namely the creation of living labs: physical or virtual entities in which research, teaching and professional practice come together. Some examples of realized projects include the experimental energy site EnTranCe, Gebiedscoöperatie Westerkwartier, Health Hub Roden and the ZAP education and training facility.