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The UPF, top university in the country in teaching quality and capacity to attract students


On 7 June 2011, the Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo (CyD), presided over by Ana Patricia Botín, presented the CyD 2010 Report ( executive summary, pdf document, 1.60 MB, 11 pp.). for the third time, the report includes a Spanish national public university ranking, drawn up on the basis of four categories: the capacity to attract new students, teaching quality, research quality and the standard of doctorates.

The results of Pompeu Fabra University in relation to the previous edition are significant: it has confirmed its position as the top Spanish university in capacity to attract new students and in teaching quality.

Top Spanish university in teaching quality and capacity to attract students

In order to calculate the first category, four variables were taken into account: the percentage of first option pre-registered students in relation to the total number of places offered (where the UPF is in 4 th position), the percentage of students registered in their first option in relation to the total number of newly registered students (also 4 th ), the average entry mark (2 nd ) and the percentage of newly registered students living in Spain but outside the province (25 th ).

Teaching quality

As regards teaching quality, this was calculated through two sets of indicators. The first referred to academic efficacy , calculated based on the performance rate ( where the UPF is the top Spanish university ) and abandonment rate (10 th ). The second referred to the teaching resources of centres, calculated on the one hand based on the current expenditure per student (the UPF is the 2 nd university in Spain) and the ratio between students and research teaching staff (11 th ), and on the other by analysing the physical resources available to the University , taken from the ratio between students registered and equipment : classrooms and/or libraries (22 nd ) and computer rooms (9 th ). Finally, this category also includes an indicator relating to the degree of openness to the outside , calculated based on students registered in the first and second cycles with their family residence outside the province, where the UPF drops down to 27 th position.

Research quality

As regards research quality, the University has outstanding positions in six of the seven indicators used in order to prepare this category: highest index of six-year research periods achieved by permanent lecturers (3 rd ); lowest percentage of research lecturers without six-year research periods (2 nd ); number of theses in relation to the number of doctors (2 nd ); number of articles published in Spanish or foreign journals included in the Journal Citation Report (JCR) of the ISI (Institute of Scientific Information) for the period 2000 - 2009 and in relation to the total number of full time teaching and research staff (10 th ) and income from R + D of teaching and research staff equivalent to full time (6 th ).

The main objectives of the CYD report are emphasising the decisive roles of universities in the Spanish economy and society, spreading importance of universities for improving the productivity and competitiveness of the Spanish economy within a context of growing globalisation and, finally, learning from the experience undergone in relation to the collaboration between universities and companies.

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