The city of the future starts in the university. Globally renowned research universities have the power to transform economy, society and urban environment. In 2016, the twenty-three top research universities in Europe are estimated to have produced 100 billion euro in added value. In large cities the cumulative input of a top-ranking university can amount to 10-15 percent. However, the integration of the city and its universities is multifaceted and expands beyond economic impact. World-class research universities attract and retain talents, generate ideas and facilitate transfer of technology, create high-paid jobs and and attract tourists, while university campuses spur the growth of a new kind of urban environment.