The UCLM improves its position among the 750 best universities in the world

According to the Leiden ranking, the academic institution moves forward 84 positions worldwide and 5 nationally

The University of Castilla – La Mancha (UCLM) appears, for the second year in a row, at the prestigious ranking Leiden, which measures the impact and scientific collaboration of universities worldwide. The ranking includes 750 universities, appearing just 28 Spanish universities among them. The UCLM is in the 529 position in the 2015 edition, which confirms an improvement of 84 positions worldwide over the previous edition in which appeared in the 613 position. Within the Spanish university system, it forwards 5 positions to stand at 21st position in 2015 from the 26th in the previous one.

The University of Castilla – La Mancha (UCLM) ranks 529 in scientific impact of its scientific production published in the 2010-2013 period and referenced until the end of 2014. In this way it is reflected in the prestigious Leiden ranking, an international classification which evaluates the scientific performance of the 750 best universities worldwide, from 48 countries having more than 1000 publications in international scientific journals throughout the period under consideration.
The report, developed by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University (Netherlands) uses a set of sophisticated bibliometric indicators, providing accurate measures of the scientific impact at the universities, as well as their involvement in scientific collaboration. This ranking takes into account research, considering the publications included in the Web of Science of Thomson Reuters for the 2010-2013 period. The benchmark bibliometric indicator of this ranking measures the proportion of publications included in the 10% most cited papers (PP Top 10%).

The Leiden ranking is led by American universities. In the 2015 edition, only 28 Spanish universities have been included in this report, which represents about a third of the Spanish universities. The UCLM is into this exclusive group for the second year in a row, making 5 positions improvement standing in the 21st position among the Spanish universities led by the University of Barcelona (121 worldwide). The UCLM (529) is above other larger century-old universities as Salamanca (536), Oviedo (580) and Valladolid (625), and even surpasses specialized universities such as the Polytechnic University of Madrid (564). The rankings position is becoming increasingly important among universities contributing to issues such as students’ recruitment, attracting researchers, obtaining resources or the social repercussion of the universities.

This progress is due to the efforts being made by the research community at the UCLM in recent years, supported by strategic initiatives to improve the capabilities of our regional university such as those contained in the Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015, which allowed an investment of 8,087,068 euros in the past two years to support the research activity at the university, with actions such as the incorporation of researchers, granting subsidies to research groups, the improvement of scientific-technological equipment, the promotion of the international mobility among researchers or resourcing departments, institutes and research services. The research is one of the six main focuses of the Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015, which plans actions around main strategic areas such as teaching, services, campus, university infrastructures and social university responsibility. The Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015 has a total budget of 31,223,946 euros for both years.

The research mission of the UCLM is supported by the centres and specialized departments such as the Department for Research Management (UGI), the International Doctoral School (EID), the International Campus on Energy and Environment Office (CYTEMA) or the University Library, coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Research and Scientific Policy. The work on elaboration and monitoring of the Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015 and the university rankings analysis are conducted with the support of the Planning and Quality Office (OPYC) and the Department of Budget at the university, coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Economy and Planning.

Press Release Office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, July 16th 2015.

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