The URV, among the 670 best universities in the world according to the QS ranking

It is the sixth Catalan university and the 21st in Spain. Of the nearly 20,000 universities in the world, only 1,500 are ranked

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For the fifth consecutive year, the URV is one of the best universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings, drawn up since 2004 by the international consultancy firm QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which evaluates the best universities in the world. It is considered one of the three most prestigious university rankings in the world, alongside Shanghai (ARWU) and Times Higher Education (THE).

Of the 2,963 institutions evaluated, the URV ranks 661-670 although only the top 1,500 are listed. The University is the 21st of the 35 Spanish universities included, and the sixth of all the universities, both public and private, in Catalonia. The URV has improved in comparison to previous editions of the ranking, going from the top 750 in 2020 to the top 670 in the edition for this year (2024).

The indicator for which the URV was best positioned is sustainability, for which it occupies position 323 with 47.2 points. The University also stands out in the index of citations per teaching and research staff member (375th in the world ranking and fourth in Spain) and in international research networks (386th in the ranking).

QS uses nine indicators to produce the ranking: academic reputation, based on a survey of more than 130,000 academics, accounts for 30% of the score; citations per researcher, which measure the impact of research by dividing the number of citations received in a five-year period by the number of professors in an institution, make up 20% of the score; the reputation from the point of view of employers, based on the answers to a survey of 75,000 employers on the relationship between the institution and the employability of graduates, is 15%; the institution’s teacher/student ratio is 10%; finally, the rate of student employment, the presence of international professors, the ratio of international students, the presence in international research networks and the social and environmental impact of research and teaching make up the remaining 25% of the total score.

In this latest edition of the ranking, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remains in first place for the twelfth consecutive year, followed by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

For further information: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2024

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