University of Southern Europe

According to QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Ranking


Economics Department in Spain

According to IDEAS Top Economics Departments


Economics subject in Spain

According to QS World University Rankings by Subject


Student city in Europe

According to QS Best Student Cities 2018

The UB School of Economics is promoting research and academic activities in Economics in an outstanding environment.  According to the rankings, the University of Barcelona is one of the leading universities in Europe and is located in one of the best cities to study.


The University of Barcelona is the best Spanish university according to the QS World University Rankings 2017-2018. It is one of three also the only higher education institution in Spain standing out among the top 200 centers worldwide. The university holds the 156th position, after having climbed four positions in the last year. The jump is even more significant compared to 2012, as it has progressed up a total of 31 positions. When broken down by subject area, the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona ranks 110th in the world for Social Sciences and Management. This puts our institution 45th in Europe. The Faculty of Economics and Business also features in rankings for its excellence in specific subjects, such as Economics & Econometrics, Accounting & Finance and Statistics & Operational Research. In the last case, the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona is the only Spanish higher education institution among the top 100 in the world, after having jumped from the 101-150 to the 51-100 band in one year. Regarding Economics & Econometrics and Accounting & Finance, the University of Barcelona has maintained its ranking among the world’s top 150 higher educations centres. This puts the Faculty of Economics and Business among the top five schools for Economics & Econometrics and the top three schools for Accounting & Finance in Spain.


The University of Barcelona is considered one of the best 200 universities in the world and the top university in Spain, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018, also known as the Shanghai Ranking. The institution is located between positions 151 and 200. In total, ARWU ranks more than 1,200 universities but only the best 500 are published. Higher Education institutions are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution. In the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018, the Faculty of Economics and Business has been ranked among the top 150 universities in the world for Economics and the top 200 for Statistics.


The British journal The Times Higher Education (THE) places the University of Barcelona among the top 250 world universities. Catalan universities are the ones holding best positions in Spain, with the University of Barcelona holding the third place. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 list the 1000 top universities in the world, making the University of Barcelona a top 25% world university. The ranking uses 13 calibrated performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons. The University of Barcelona stands out for citation indicators, a field with which holds the 171th position with a score of 83.2, whereas the international average is 48.3.


The University of Barcelona stands out as the leading university in Spain, according to the international ranking Best Global Universities (BGU) for 2018. The university holds the 81th position worldwide and gains five positions compared to the last edition. In Europe, it holds the 24th and gains two places compared to 2015. Regarding areas of knowledge, the university is one of the top 100 institutions in Social Sciences (83th). The latest edition of the ranking is based on a set of indicators such as global research reputation, regional reputation, scientific publications, total citations, conferences and international collaborations, among other bibliometric indicators.


The University of Barcelona has consolidated its ranking as a top world university in the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU) for 2018. The university holds the 61ts position in the world and it is the leading institution in Spain. Regarding last year’s, the University of Barcelona has gained three positions. It is also noteworthy the position of the institution at a European scale, where it scales up to the 15th position for the first time.. The NTU Ranking is a continuation of the work carried out by the Higher Education 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.


The University of Barcelona is ranked 10th in Europe and 1st in Spain in the 2017-2018 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP). At the same time, it has been the only Spanish university to have been awarded the maximum international category (A++).  The University rises to 46th in the world after having climbed 37 places over the last six years. URAP’s ranking of Top 2500 world universities is based on academic performance indicators. Therefore, publications constitute the basis of the ranking methodology. Both quality and quantity of publications and international research collaboration performance are used as indicators.


The University of Barcelona leads the Spanish university system and it is the only Spanish university among the 100 best higher education institutions worldwide. According to the 2018 edition of the university ranking by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the university holds the 87th position in the world and has improved its ranking by 16 positions compared to the previous year (103rd). The CWUR World University Rankings is the only worldwide list that analyses education quality, prestige of the centres and research quality without depending on surveys and information coming only from the universities. It lists more than a thousand centers from around the world, among the 25.000 existing universities.


The 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking places the University of Barcelona 38th in Europe and 1st in Spain. The ranking provides statistics on the scientific impact of universities and on universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration, based exclusively on bibliographic data from the Web of Science database produced by Thomson Reuters. The University of Barcelona has consistently featured amongst the world’s top 150 institutions over the years, a remarkable accomplishment that no other Spanish higher education centre has yet achieved. In 2018, the university has been ranked 140th in the world. The institution has also strengthened its performance in the ranking by subject. The University of Barcelona has jumped eight places in the Leiden Ranking 2018 for Social Sciences and Humanities, from 153rd to 145th position worldwide. The university is the leading institution in Spain in this field since 2016. In Europe, Barcelona holds the 47th position, after having jumped three place in the last year.


The Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona has established itself as a top economic institution in the Tilburg University Ranking. In 2016, it was ranked 270th in the world and 122nd in Europe, making it the 6th highest-ranked School of Economics in Spain. The Tilburg University Ranking provides a standard ranking of economics schools based on publications in a subset of the journals in the database, for the last five-year time period. The source of the information used in this ranking is the ISI Web of Knowledge. Specifically, a list of 70 leading journals in the fields of Econometrics, Economics and Finance has been identified.


The bibliographic database IDEAS has ranked the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona as the 91st best economics department in Europe and 7th in Spain. The ranking also places the School as the 120th in the world, making it a top 25% economics department. The Faculty of Economics and Business also ranks among the world’s top 50 institutions for four fields of Economics. Our institution ranks as high as 15th in the world for Economic Geography. In this field, our Faculty ranks 7th in Europe and 1st in Spain. For Transport Economics, the University of Barcelona has been placed 20th in the world. This puts our Faculty in the 8th position in Europe and 2nd in Spain. The Faculty of Economics and Business is rated 33rd and 93rd in the world for Urban & Real Estate Economics and Positive Political Economics, respectively. The University of Barcelona is also ranked 61st in the world in Public Economics. This analysis is based on data gathered with the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) project, in which publishers self-index their publications and authors create online profiles from the works indexed in RePEc. Citation analysis is performed by the CitEc project, abstract views and paper downloads are counted by the LogEc project, and the various rankings are then established. Rankings are typically updated every month.