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UPF is the most international university according to the CyD Foundation’s ranking

[03/06/14]

The European Union recently presented the U-Multirank, a worldwide university ranking system designed from a multidimensional perspective and based on users designing their own ranking score based on individual criteria. The CyD Foundation, as Spanish member of this project, and acting as the link between the U-Multirank and higher educational institutions, now presents its own system, following the European methodology and adapting it to our country’s context. This system, used by the CyD Foundation allows it to compare Spanish university’s activities in six dimensions, evaluated in 30 different areas: teaching and learning; research; knowledge transfer; international orientation; and contribution to regional development.

The analysis made on UPF’s activity allows us to appreciate the good results obtained in practically all of the areas related to international orientation, research activity and knowledge transfer, in which the University is positioned in the high performance group in 19 of the 23 areas evaluated. However, it should improve in some areas related to teaching (that CyD links, for example, with the capacity to attract students from other regions of Spain onto degrees and master programs), or those related to regional development (that CyD links to the percentage of income deriving from the autonomous region, and in which UPF is positioned in the lowest level).

The following shows UPF’s positioning in the ranking of the six areas that measure the level of international orientation that universities have.

A project shared with The European Union.

The CyD ranking system is formed by sharing methodology and data with U-Multirank. However, unlike the European system, where multiple areas of activity of the universities are compared, the CyD system limits these to just six. Taking this into account, along with the fact that the they are only gauged by performance groups (high, medium and low) without using tables, the task of creating rankings or lists of universities is difficult; a tendency that the designers of this system want precisely to avoid.

Parallel to the institutional ranking, the CyD system enables subject-based rankings to be made around four areas of knowledge (business, physics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering), slightly changing the areas evaluations according to the field. For future editions, it is expected that more universities will be included and to increase the areas of knowledge.

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