The UPF, one of the best young universities of the world

Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symond (QS), two of the most prestigious university rankings with worldwide influence have published the results of the world’s best universities under 50 years old.

In the second edition of both rankings, the UPF remained among the top 25, specifically in 25th place.

In the THE ranking "100 Under 50", the UPF is the second Spanish university and tenth in Europe, while in the QS "Top 50 Under 50", the UPF is the third Spanish and the thirteenth European university.

In both cases, the ranking of the best universities under 50 years old is prepared from the data used to create the general ranking, although the THE grants less weight to the indicators more linked to academic reputation.

Both organizations began to prepare the classification of young universities in 2012. In this second edition, the UPF has improved its classification in the QS ranking, rising fourteen positions - in 2012, it was in 39th position in the world -, while it has gone down eight positions – from 17th to 25th – for the THE.

In relation to the other Spanish universities included in the rankings, in the QS there is the UAB (11th position), and the UAM (15th) and Carlos III of Madrid (47th), while in the THE we find the UAB (22nd), the UAM (52nd), and the universities of Vigo (77th), Polytechnic of Valencia (80th) and Polytechnic of Catalonia (99th).

The podium of the best young universities is occupied, in the QS ranking, by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).

For its part, the THE ranking is headed by the Pohang University of Science and Technology (Republic of Korea), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Republic of Korea).

Indicators considered
The QS takes into account academic reputation (with a weight of 40% and assessed starting from a survey which includes the assessments of prestigious scientists and academics in each field); the number of citations of the articles by teaching staff (20%, from data included in the Scopus database); the teaching staff to student ratio (20%, where the UPF, in 2012, was the top Spanish university).

The other indicators considered are the assessment of the employers (10%, starting from the results also included in a global survey) and a final two indicators which assess the international dimension of the University and in which the UPF occupies the first position in Spain: the percentage of international students and teaching staff (with a weight of 5% for each indicator).

In relation to the THE, this ranking takes into account the research volume, impact and reputation (30%); the number of citations of the publications (30%); the teaching and the learning environment (30%); the international environment (7.5%, assessing both the internationalization of the community and of the scientific production) and the innovation and transfer of knowledge (2.5%).