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The University of Barcelona ranked among the top 200 universities in the world

September 2008

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The University of Barcelona is again the only university in Spain to figure among the world’s top 200 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2008. The international league table of institutions of higher education, published annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ranks the University of Barcelona in 167th position, up three places on last year’s standing.

The US Universities of Harvard, Stanford and California, Berkeley once more top the list of the best 500 universities in the world, while Cambridge, in fourth place, confirms its position as the leading European university.



Among the top 200 universities in the world

Spain’s universities are ranked 20th in the world, with the University of Barcelona, the country’s leader, among the top 200. A total of nine Spanish universities are to be found among the best 500: the Autonomous University of Madrid (245), the Complutense University of Madrid (252), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (352), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (383), the University of Valencia (395), the University of Granada (467), the University of Seville (491) and the University of Zaragoza (499).

In the 2007 ranking, the University of Barcelona was placed 170th and was the only Spanish university to figure among the top 200 in the international league. Last year’s list also included the Autonomous University of Madrid (248), the Complutense University of Madrid (255), the University of Valencia (293), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (355), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (387), the University of Granada, (468), the University of Seville (493) and the University of Zaragoza (505).

In this year’s list of the best 100 European universities, Cambridge, Oxford and University College London come out on top, with the University of Barcelona ranked 63rd. This ranking also includes the Autonomous University of Madrid (99), the Complutense University of Madrid (103) and the University of Valencia (121).

The Shanghai ranking assesses the scientific and academic output of more than 2,000 universities. The final list of 500 universities is then ordered in accordance with a range of bibliometric indicators of academic and research activity. The ranking system takes into consideration such bibliometric data as the number of illustrious prizes (Nobel prizes and Fields medals) awarded to alumni and faculty; the number of researchers most often cited in 21 broad subject categories taken from the Thomson-ISI; the number of articles published in Nature and Science during the period 2003-2007 and the number of papers indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) during 2007; and, finally, the academic performance of the university in function of the size of the institution.

Excellence in Mathematics and Physics

At the national level, the University of Barcelona leads the Ranking ofExcellent European Graduate Programmes (CHE Excellence Ranking), a European classification drawn up by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in Germany. This index is based on a new university classification system in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. It seeks to provide students with better information about Europe’s institutions of higher education and to highlight the comparative research strengths of universities within the European framework.

The classification can be consulted in the report Identifying the Best: The CHE Ranking of Excellent European Graduate Programmes in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and is also available on-line. It has used four general indicators: number of publications 1997-2004, citations, most-cited authors, and the number of projects in the Marie Curie programme.

In the first stage, these indicators are applied to all European universities — approximately 4,000 institutions of higher education — and, as at the Olympic Games, gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded. In the second stage, an in-depth analysis provides a list of those institutions awarded a gold or silver medal in at least three of the four indicators.
In Mathematics and Physics, the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Madrid are the only Spanish universities to figure within the group of excellence, a classification reserved for institutions with gold or silver medals in at least three of the four indicators in these disciplines. In Mathematics, the University of Barcelona received a gold medal for citations, and silver medals for publications and most-cited authors. In Physics, the University of Barcelona was awarded silver medals for publications, citations and Marie Curie projects.


Leaders in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

At the national level, the University of Barcelona is the only university to be included in the top group for all four disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, reserved for those institutions awarded a gold or silver medal in at least one of the four indicators for each discipline. In Biology, the University of Barcelona was awarded a silver medal for publications, and in Chemistry a gold medal in publications, a silver medal in citations and a bronze medal in Marie Curie projects.

In Spain, only the University of Barcelona and the Complutense University of Madrid figure in the top group for Biology. In Chemistry, the University of Barcelona is joined by the Complutense University of Madrid, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the University of Oviedo, the University of the Basque Country, the University of Santiago de Compostela, the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Zaragoza. In Mathematics, the following universities are listed: the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the University of Granada, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Oviedo, the University of Seville, the University of Valencia and the University of Zaragoza. Finally, in Physics, the list includes the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Oviedo, the University of Valencia and the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

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