European Union Ranking Considers UPF the Young University with the Best Research Activities
U-Multirank, an instrument created by the European Union in 2008 to evaluate and compare the activities of different universities, today published a ranking relating research activity to the universities’ age.
In its analysis, the ranking highlighted the fact that although older universities tend to obtain better research results, a number of young universities “are bucking this trend”. Among the results highlighted by the ranking were those of UPF, which was rated the best university in the world under 35 years of age.
A multidimensional methodology and four age groups
For this ranking, U-Multirank evaluated more than 1,200 universities around the world, dividing them into four age categories: those founded before 1870, those founded between 1870 and 1945, those founded between 1945 and 1980, and those founded after 1980.
To produce the ranking, four specific research indicators (citation index, total number of publications, number of publications relative to the institution’s size, and most-cited publications) were taken into account, along with three additional indicators related to innovation, internationalization and the university’s engagement with its region with regard to impact on research capacity (publications produced in collaboration with companies and international and regional partners).
In March 2015 U-Multirank published its general ranking. UPF was ranked the ninth best university in Europe out of a total of 582 institutions evaluated.