UPF is among the top 170 universities in the world, according to the THE ranking 2015-2016

Times Higher Education (THE) has just unveiled the 2015-2016 edition of the World University Rankings; one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised classification lists. In this edition, UPF has gone up a place compared to last year (it has risen from position 165 to position 164) and is rated as the 2nd Spanish university and the 79th European university on the list.

The annual ranking (this year marks the publication of the twelfth edition, which has increased in size to include 800 institutions) is drawn up based on a combination of thirteen performance indicators that correspond to five main areas, weighted as follows: Teaching (30%), Research (30%), International Outlook (7.5%), Knowledge Transfer (2.5%) and Citations (30%).

UPF has improved in most of the areas used to indicate performance

In comparison with the score obtained last year in each of the performance indicators, UPF has improved in four of the five areas (except in Research, where its performance dropped slightly) and has also improved its general score, which has increased from 48.11 to 51.2.

It is worth noting that the Teaching performance indicator has increased from 25.1 to 32.9 and the Citations performance indicator (which measures the impact that publications have had and thus measures the influence of research carried out by each institution) has increased from 88.3 to 90.7, making it the area in which the University excels the most. The International Outlook performance indicator remains high (above 63).

Anglo-Saxon universities continue to be predominant

Edition 2015 of the THE Ranking has shown that Anglo-Saxon universities have continued to be predominant for another year. The top ten positions are occupied by the following universities: California Institute of Technology, Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and University of Chicago.

A total of 25 Spanish universities appear in the ranking. The Autonomous University of Barcelona (position 146), UPF (position 164) and the University of Barcelona (position 174) are among the top two hundred institutions. The Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Navarra are ranked between positions 301 and 350, while the Complutense University of Madrid, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Rovira i Virgili University and the University of Valencia are ranked between positions 401 and 500.