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UPF occupies second position in teaching quality within the Spanish university system

[27/04/09]

UPF is in second place in the classification of Spanish universities as regards teaching quality, immediately behind the University of Lleida, and also occupies an outstanding position in other sectors as indicated by the CYD Report for 2008, which was recently presented by the Fundación CYD (Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo) and the Economics Circle Foundation of Barcelona in a joint one-day meeting dedicated to the European Higher Education Area.

The ranking proposed by the Fundación CYD regarding face to face Spanish public universities (which this institution considers to be ?an attempt at approximation") is based on data referring to the 2006-2007 academic year, obtained mainly from the Conference of Spanish University Rectors, Spanish universities in figures: 2008, published at the end of 2008.

The classification is decided upon in accordance with twenty indicadors, encapsulated in four concepts: the ability to attract new students, teaching quality, doctorate quality and research quality.

Second position in teaching quality
In order to measure teaching quality, the ranking focuses on eight indicadors. The first block of indicators refers to academic efficiency calculated from the drop-out rate and the performance rate. It is in this last indicator that UPF achieves over 80%, the highest for face to face public universities in the country,  and it measures the percentage of credits passed by each student in the first and second cycle over the total of credits registered for. This year the graduation rate has not been taken into account, as was the case in previous editions.

A second block studies different centres' teaching resources, and it does so on the one hand by calculating the running cost per student  (here we find UPF in fourth position, with 7,353.12 euros) and the ratio between students and research teaching staff (UPF comes third, with 10.7%), and on the other by analysing physical resources, from the ratio between students enrolled and areas which are used simultaneously in a day which are available in different forms: classrooms, libraries (fifth position for UPF, with 4.57%) and computer rooms (sixth place for the University, with 3.25%).

Finally, the last indicator of teaching quality refers to the degree of openness to foreign students: UPF occupies eighteenth position with 20.03% of students enrolled on the first and second cycle having their family residence outside the province.

Among the top five universities in its ability to attract new students
Within the main block in the section referring to the ability to attract new students, UPF occupies fifth position in the group, which includes the universities of Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, A Corunya and the Politècnica de Catalunya. UPF stands out for average admittance grades (first position, with 7.09%), and in its percentage of first option pre-registrations as regards the total offer of places (fifth place), a figure which to a great extent shows the number of places requested compared to those on offer.

If we focus on research quality, UPF is in the eighth block of universities in the ranking and stands out, together with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the autonomous universities of Madrid and Barcelona, as institutions which register the greatest index of sexennia completed by a tenured lecturer (second position for UPF, with 1.95%) and a smaller percentage of research lecturers who have not completed sexennia (third place for UPF, with 21%), and in income from R+D on the part of research teaching staff equivalent to full time (in seventh place, with 20,874 euros). Within this same block, UPF occupies ninth place as regards theses produced and twelfth place i n the number of articles published in reference magazines.

We can find another remarkable piece of UPF data in the indicators corresponding to doctorate quality. Specifically, the one which calculates the degree of international openness indicates that 39.5% of students registered on doctorate programmes at the University have their family residence outside Spain (the fourth highest percentage in the country, just behind Seville's Pablo de Olavide University, Salamanca University and the Politècnica de Catalunya).

The CYD Report is published every year and one of its main objectives is to show the decisive role played by universities in the Spanish economy and society; to spread the perception in the business and institutional sector of the importance which universities have in improving the productivity and competitiveness of the Spanish economy in a context of growing globalisation, and finally, to find elements for teaching in the experiences developed with regard to collaboration between universities and businesses.

CYD Report 2008

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