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The University consolidates its presence in the QS ranking of disciplines

The University consolidates its presence in the QS ranking of disciplines

Eleven of the disciplines assessed improve or reassert their position in a classification in which the field of Economics and Econometrics at UPF is among the top forty in the world, and the fields of Linguistics and of Communication and Media Studies among the top one hundred.

08.03.2017

Pompeu Fabra University has maintained the good results obtained in previous years to improve and consolidate positions in eleven of the areas assessed in the ranking by subjects published by QS today. The highlight is the good position achieved in the discipline of Economics and Econometrics, where UPF comes 34th in the world. Also notable is the improvement by the University in the fields of Linguistics and of Communication and Media Studies, coming in the top 100 in the world.

As for the rest of subjects, the University is in the top 150 in the world for the areas of Art and Design and Modern Languages. These are followed by Philosophy, Accounting and Finance, Business Management and Administration, and Law (151-200). And finally are the areas of Sociology (201-250) and Biology and Medicine (301-350)

The following table shows the evolution of UPF in this ranking over the last five years.

 Disciplines

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

 Art and Design

101-150

--

--

--

--

 Linguistics

51-100

101-150

101-150

101-150

101-150

 Modern Languages

101-150

151-200

201-250

--

--

 Philosophy

151-200

 

 

 

 

 Biology

301-350

301-350

301-350

--

--

 Medicine

301-350

301-350

301-350

--

--

 Accounting and Finance

151-200

101-150

151-200

101-150

101-150

 Business and Management Administration

151-200

 

 

 

 

 Communication and Media Studies

51-100

101-150

151-200

151-200

151-200

 Economics and Econometrics

34

20

23

40

34

 Law

151-200

151-200

151-200

101-150

151-200

 Sociology

201-250

151-200

--

101-150

151-200

 

A methodology based on universities’ reputation and influence

This ranking, published yearly by QS since 2011, classifies up to a total of 46 subjects grouped into five areas: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Administration.

With regard to its methodology, QS uses three indicators already present in the global rankings it publishes every autumn: a survey of academic reputation, a survey of employer reputation, and the citations received by the publications of each lecturer. The first two elements are global surveys carried out by QS every year in which academics and employers are asked to identify which are the best universities in the world, in general, and in their own specialized subject area. The third indicator evaluates the citations received by each publication, on the basis of an analysis of the publications in the Scopus database. With regard to this indicator, since 2013 QS has also used a score based on the H-index, a way to measure both the productivity and the impact of the publications of a researcher. The index is based on the most cited set of articles of the researcher in question and the number of citations received in other publications.

With this methodology, QS seeks to provide information about the most highly valued universities and the most influential in each subject.