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Three Irish universities have been included in the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe.

Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin have all been included in the ranks, and we're pretty proud.

Three colleges in the UK made the list, as well as two in Switzerland and Germany, one in France and one in the Netherlands taking the top spots.

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The list by Reuters ranked Trinity in 60th place, while UCC came in 75th and UCD in 98th place.

Even though Ireland only has three of its universities included, Reuters affirm that with a population of less than five million, we can boast more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other European country.

This is the second year in a row that Reuters has compiled a list like this, which ranks the institutions taking the initiative when it comes to advance science, new technologies, and help contribute to the global economy.

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The most innovative universities in Europe 2017 are as follows:

  1. KU Leuven, Belgium
  2. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Technical University of Munich, Germany
  5. Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
  6. University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany
  7. Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6, France
  8. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  9. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  10. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

60. Trinity College, Dublin

75. University College Cork

98. University College Dublin

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Students from University College Cork (UCC) we're outraged this week when they entered their college campus to see an advertisement clearly hinting that having cleavage is "cheap."

Hanging off the ceiling is a poster for a smart card service which shows an outline of a woman, and beside that, the heading says, "cheap looking."

The UCC Feminist Society said they were angered to learn about the new ad campaign and directly went to the university's centre in hope of taking the ad down. 

The head of the society told The Journal: “To suggest that a woman with her breasts on show is ‘cheap-looking’ aids slut shaming.

“We are shocked that the student centre would feel the need to stoop so low to advertise to students, more than half of whom are women,” she said.

But that wasn't the only thing on campus to offend its lady students. There was a second ad, shown on coffee cups, that read "what's your cup size," and then around the back was the outline of a woman's naked body with stickers covering her boobs. 

In a survey last year, the college found that 1 in 7 of its female students have been victims of sexual assault, so it's no wonder that this campaign is aggravating them. 

After a number of complaints were received, UCC's board of management issued a statement.

“University College Cork is committed to equality as a core value of the institution,” a spokesperson said. They then proceeded to take the posters down last night. 

The smart card scheme is also being reviewed on campus. 

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