The UCLM is classified among the best 1,000 universities worldwide for its education quality

According to the CWUR ranking, the academic institution moves forward 32 positions worldwide and 2 nationally

The University of Castilla – La Mancha (UCLM) appears, for the second consecutive year, in the prestigious ranking CWUR, which classifies the best 1,000 universities worldwide that stand out, particularly, for their education quality. The ranking, which has been published recently, has included less Spanish universities in this edition. Despite this, the UCLM forwards 32 positions worldwide standing at 738. It has also made a progress of 2 positions within the Spanish university system standing at 27. This ranking gives most of the punctuation to aspects related to the teaching quality, the quality of the jobs obtained by the graduates and the academic staff quality positioning at 367, 567 and 218 worldwide respectively.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has been classified in the 738 position to be included in a ranking that distinguishes the 1,000 best universities in the world from a total of over 25,000 higher education institutions analysed. The Regional University is recognized, for the second consecutive year, further improving its classification in 32 positions worldwide with respect to the previous edition.

The ranking elaborated by the Centre for World University Rankings at Jeddah University (Saudi Arabia), uses a set of objective indicators calculated for the last 10 years which allows determining the quality of the universities in their teaching missions, research and knowledge transfer to the production sector. However, most of the final punctuation depends on the educational mission with indicators related to aspects such as the teaching quality, the quality of the jobs obtained by the graduates and the academic staff quality positioning at 367, 567 and 218 worldwide respectively.

The research is measured through indicators related to the quality of the publications, the publications in highly influential scientific journals, the citations and the researchers quality, aspects in which the UCLM stands at position 627, 751, 812 and 671 worldwide respectively. On the other hand, the knowledge transfer to the production sector is considered through an indicator related to the number of international registered patents, in which the UCLM reaches the position 519 in the world.

The excellent results obtained in these three areas are due to the work, effort and dedication of over 3,500 people within the UCLM among academic staff, researchers and administrative staff, as well as the commitment and involvement of its more than 30,000 students. The UCLM has launched strategic actions aimed at improving the capabilities of the university in these three areas through the Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015, allowing an investment of 4,918,330 euros in education and 8,087,068 euros in research and knowledge transfer to the production sector. The Plan for Institutional Strengthening 2014-2015 has a total budget of 31,223,946 euros for both years, including actions to improve supplementary aspects such as services, campus, university infrastructures and social university responsibility.

The CWUR ranking is led by 3 American universities (Harvard, Stanford and MIT) in the first positions and 2 European universities (Oxford and Cambridge). The first Spanish university included in this ranking is the University of Barcelona (116), having been selected 40 Spanish universities in the 2015 edition, one less than in the previous one. The UCLM (738) is positioned above other century-old universities such as the University of Murcia (799) or the University of Valladolid (841), and it also surpasses universities located in Madrid included in the ranking such as the University of Alcalá (849) o Carlos III University (927).

The position in the rankings is becoming increasingly important among universities contributing to issues such as student’s recruitment, researchers attracting, obtaining resources or social projection of the university institutions. The institutional support to the educational mission at the UCLM has been reinforced, in recent years, with the creation of specialised centres such as the Centre of Posgraduate Studies (CEP), Language Centre (CL), or the Centre of Technology and Digital Contents (C:TED), coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for International Relations and Continuous Formation and the General Secretariat. 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 20, 2015.

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