Indicators and rankings

There are now numerous rankings of universities' academic and, in particular, scientific potential based on sets of indicators. Rankings of faculties have recently been introduced too, as a means of comparing universities in a specific territory or worldwide. Such rankings clearly show the Faculty of Pharmacy's potential in terms of academic performance and the validity of its policy on scientific output.

The written press frequently classes the UB among the top 100 universities in the world in many disciplines related to health sciences, a field that includes the University's Pharmacy studies. The rankings listed below are some of the most methodologically rigorous, thanks to the indicators on which they are based.

  • China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been publishing the ARWU annually since 2003. One of the first and most popular rankings, it appraises the academic and scientific output of over 1,000 universities across the planet. In overall terms, the UB is rated as Spain's leading university; it is actually the only Spanish institution to feature among the top 200 in the world (positions 151-200). With regard to clinical medicine and pharmacy, the UB joins renowned universities such as Brown and New York (USA), Bristol (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Helsinki (Finland) and Basel (Switzerland) in positions 51-75 worldwide.

  • The QS rankings take into account the way almost 3,000 universities are perceived by academics and employers, as well as their research output and its scientific impact. The UB is listed as one of the world's 100 best universities in 13 disciplines, including medicine and pharmacy and pharmacology. In the overall ranking, which is headed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, the UB is classed in 166th position (12 places higher than in the previous year), outperforming all Spain's other universities. The UB is also the leading Spanish university in the field of life sciences and medicine, occupying 87th position in the faculty ranking.

  • Published by the British magazine from which they take their name, the THE World University Rankings are mainly based on teaching, research, international diversity among teaching staff and students, and, above all, research influence in relation to scientific output and international prestige. In the overall ranking for 2015-2016, the UB is classed as 174th among the world's leading universities. In terms of clinical, pre-clinical and health studies, meanwhile, it is in 76th position (having been 90th a year earlier) and remains the only Spanish university among the field's top 100 institutions.

  • The Scimago Institutions Rankings measure the impact of the scientific activity of over 5,000 research centres, including higher education institutions. The UB lies in fourth position in the ranking of Ibero-American institutions (SIR-IBER 2015), behind the highly renowned University of Sao Paulo, University of Lisbon and National Autonomous University of Mexico, and has retained its status as Spain's leading university. Its scientific output in the health sciences field scores particularly highly.

  • The University of Granada annually publishes a ranking of Spanish universities based on their research output. It rates the UB as the university with the most productive teaching staff in terms of publications between 2009 and 2013 in high-impact international journals in areas covered by the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine, such as microbiology and virology, plant and animal biology, pharmacy and toxicology, medicine and neuroscience.

  • URAP ranking assesses the impact of scientific activity of academic institutions with a series of bibliometric indicators concerning scientific productivity, research impact (citations) or the degree of international cooperation, among others.

    The University of Barcelona excels especially in indicators such as the number of scientific publications, where he obtained a score of 92.89, or quotations, with a score of 90.52.

    URAP 2016 includes 2,000 universities around the world-about 10% of all higher education institutions in the world, and is led once again by Harvard University (USA), the University of Toronto (Canada) , the University of Oxford (UK), Johns Hopkins University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK).

  • Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), and is one of the first international rankings that opted for calculating positions out of a series of indicators obtained only from indexed scientific performance.