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UPF obtains outstanding results in the rankings of the CyD Foundation and of “El Mundo”

UPF obtains outstanding results in the rankings of the CyD Foundation and of “El Mundo”

In these two rankings, on the one hand the University appears in third place in the Spanish state for performance, and on the other, gets ten of its bachelor’s degrees among the best in Spain.


UPF is considered the third University in the Spanish state for performance, according to the CyD 2018 ranking by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CyD).

The ranking, now in its fifth edition, analysed 73 universities in Spain (50 public and 23 private), representing 87% of the total of 82 Spanish universities that teach undergraduate studies, and 2,235 degrees, belonging to 22 different areas of knowledge.

The list is based on a total of 34 indicators, split into five categories: Teaching and learning, Research, Knowledge transfer, International Outreach and Contribution to regional development.

UPF achieves high performance in 23 indicators (out of a total of 34, i.e., 67.6%) and comes behind at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Navarra, whose performance was rated high for 24 indicators. The three institutions tied in first place in the 2017 edition.

Performance results are not absolute, but relative, as they are established in comparison with the data for all participating universities and are weighted according to the size of the institutions.

Areas and dimensions in which UPF stands out

By areas of knowledge, UPF stands out for Political Sciences, which is in the leader group, together with the Autonomous, Carlos III de Madrid, Ramon Llull and Salamanca universities; Sociology, along with Carlos III de Madrid, Pontificia Comillas, Rey Juan Carlos, and Zaragoza), and Medicine (with the Autonomous University of Madrid, Barcelona, Navarra, and Salamanca).

Among the five dimensions of the ranking, the University excels in Teaching and Learning (together with the Catòlica de València, San Vicente Mártir, Deusto, Girona, Navarra, and San Pablo-CEU), Research (with Cantabria, Girona, Jaume I de Castellon, Navarra, and Rovira i Virgili), and Professional orientation (with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Madrid, Carlos III de Madrid, and Deusto.

The ranking by the Knowledge and Development Foundation, which uses the philosophy of the EC’s U-Multirank, made on the basis of relative indicators, aims to be an interactive and comparative tool where it is the user who seeks and selects the universities based on categories that s/he deems important.

It is designed to provide information and decision-making criteria for future students, university administrators, researchers, public authorities, companies and other social stakeholders wishing to establish links with a university. The data included in the analysis come from various sources, with the aim of facilitating broad and comprehensive information: data provided by the institutions directly, data from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, bibliometric and patent data.

UPF has ten bachelor’s degrees among the best in Spain, according to El Mundo 

Another ranking published today, the 18th edition of the “50 carreras” ranking by the newspaper El Mundo, includes the 50 undergraduate degrees (from both public and private centres) most in demand by students last June and highlights the top five universities in the Spanish state at which to take them.

UPF retains tenth position in the list, globally, and ninth among public universities, and has ten degrees (nine last year) among the top five positions for each degree. Just as in the last edition, two degrees come in first position, Economics and industrial Relations. The bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting (equivalent to Business-Management Sciences) comes in second position, the same as last year; three degrees are in third place: Management and Business Administration, which drops one place; and Political and Administration Sciences and Law, which keep their positions.

A further two degrees come in fourth place: Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Public Relations (which remain in the same positions compared to last year), while two degrees that did not appear in the previous edition of the ranking this year come in fifth place: Translation and Interpreting, and Journalism.

The results of ranking confirm that yet another year the universities of Madrid and Barcelona occupy the top places. In addition, within the top ten positions, eight are public and two private (Polytechnical of Valencia and Navarra). The classification is the result of the analysis of 25 selection criteria, divided into three sections: a questionnaire sent to some 2,000 lecturers from all over Spain (40% weighting), data from the university (50% of the final assessment) and other external studies (10% of the final assessment).

> Pages of the ranking in which UPF appears (pdf, 10 pages)

Complete “50 degrees” ranking (pdf, 25 pages)