The "Young University Ranking" has once again placed the URV among the top 351 universities in the world under fifty
The URV has consolidated its position in this ranking which ranks universities under the age of 50. This year the number of universities ranked has increased from 250 to 351 and they are from a total of 60 countries. These universities have obtained the highest scores in thirteen indicators related to five categories: teaching (learning environment), research (volume and reputation), citations (impact of published studies), internationalization (of staff, students and professors) and knowledge transfer and innovation. Each category is given a specific weight in the overall score.
Among the Catalan universities, the URV is in second place, behind the UPF (which is in 11th place in the overall ranking) and it occupies the same position among all the universities in the whole of Spain.
For the current edition of the ranking the methodology has been recalibrated to give less weight to reputation (which is judged by responses to surveys). The ranking therefore better reflects the special characteristics of younger universities which, unlike older universities, have not had as much time to build their reputation. Consequently, the universities in this year’s ranking are listed due to their large impact in areas such as teaching, research and knowledge transfer.
The first edition of the ranking was called “100 under 50” and was published in May 2012 to show that excellence could be achieved in a relatively short period of time. Last year the list increased to include the top 250 and in the current edition has been expanded further still to 351.This year, first place was taken again by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the ranking features universities from 60 countries around the world. The country with the highest number of institutions on the list is the United Kingdom, with 34.
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