UPF, among the top Spanish universities

imatges campus de la UPFPompeu Fabra University is in eighth position in the ranking of Spanish public universities published today in the El Mundo daily newspaper. The ranking classifies the best Spanish university centres -71 public and private universities throughout the State- teaching the fifty most called for first cycle degrees last June, and of each of these it highlights the five best universities where they are taught. When both public and private universities are taken into consideration, UPF comes in ninth position.

Nine of the qualifications taught at UPF are among the five best universities of the State. Concretely, three qualifications at UPF take first place: Business Sciences, Political and Administration Sciences, and Audiovisual Communication; four come in second place: Business Management and Administration, Economics, Humanities and Labour Relations and, finally, Law, together with Translation and Interpretation, are in fifth place.

These results are especially relevant if you take into account the fact that UPF only teachesfourteen of the fifty qualifications considered in the ranking, which would accredit the high level of the degrees offered by the University as a whole.

El Mundo points out that UPF is a quality university which believes firmly in "innovation and personalised attention" and which is characterised by its "technological potential". It also gives positive consideration to the wide range of new doctoral programmes -21 official master's degrees and ten doctoral programmes- stimulating student specialisation and top level research.

The classification obtained by the qualifications that appear in the ranking for 2008 compared with the 2007 edition is as follows:

· Business Sciences: retains first position
· Political and Administration Sciences: retains first position
· Audiovisual Communication: retains first position
· Business Management and Administration: keeps second position
· Economics: is down from first to second place
· Humanities: is down from first to second position
· Labour Relations: is down from first to second position
· Law: moves from first to fifth place
·Translation and Interpretation: retains fifth place

Ranking selection criteria

The report, which El Mundo publishes in its eighth edition, presents data on 48 of the 82 existing Spanish universities. It considers 25 assessment criteria, spread across three broad sections. The first is a questionnaire filled in by 2,000 lecturers throughout Spain (with a weighting of 40%). The second section contains the details of the university itself -university demand, human resources, physical resources, study plan, results and information on context- (accounting for 50% of the final mark). Assessment criteria are also included as to the universities' adaptation to the European Higher Education Area.

Finally, a variety of external indicators are also taken into consideration, which score 10% altogether, such as the results of international rankings, reports by the ANECA, centres' self-assessment reports, or the results of reports by Spanish universities, among others.