The UCLM emphasizes its commitment with the regional development among European universities

Regional presence and involvement with the production system according to U-Multirank

The ranking promoted by the European Commission, U-Multirank, highlights the commitment with the regional development which recognises the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), when compared over 1,200 higher education institutions in the second edition of this classification, published in 2015. The UCLM reaches the highest rating in two out of five indicators that make up the dimension ‘Regional Engagement’ of this ranking, placing other two in the immediately following outstanding level. The proportion of graduates in bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees working in the region, the internships in companies and institutions of Castilla-La Mancha and the incomes from regional sources are some of the aspects in which the UCLM comparatively stands out. The UCLM is also prominent in other dimensions such as the international mobility of students within the dimension ‘International Orientation’ or the income from continuous professional development in the dimension ‘Knowledge Transfer’.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has been included in the second edition of U-Multirank, the global ranking system of universities promoted by the European Commission which compares over 1,200 higher education institutions from 83 countries, most belonging to Europe. This ranking uses 29 indicators grouped into five dimensions to provide a multidimensional view of the performance of the universities: ‘Teaching and Learning’, ‘Research’, ‘Knowledge Transfer’, ‘International Orientation’ and ‘Regional Engagement’.

The universities are compared in these indicators from the distribution of the scores obtained, so they are relatively classified into five categories. Thus, the highest category “A” represents 20% of the best universities compared with the corresponding indicator while the ‘B’ includes the following 20% of the best universities. The remaining categories ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘E’ indicates the situations in which the university would be in average, below average or well below average, respectively.

In this first evaluation, the UCLM gets 2 categories ‘A’, 5 categories ‘B’, 7 categories ‘C’, 10 categories ‘D’ and 2 categories ‘E’, plus 3 indicators which are not applicable; consequently, it is average or above it in more than half of the relevant indicators.

These results especially highlight the ‘Regional Engagement’ of the UCLM, as it achieves two ‘A’ categories and two ‘B’ categories in four of the five indicators that make up this dimension. Specifically, the UCLM gets the highest category ‘A’ in the proportion of master graduates working in Castilla-La Mancha and income from regional sources. The next category ‘B’ is reached in the proportion of bachelor graduates working in Castilla-La Mancha and the proportion of students doing internships in companies and institutions in the region.

In other sections, the UCLM obtains ‘B’ categories in the international mobility of students within the dimension ‘International Orientation’ and in the income from continuous professional development within the dimension ‘Knowledge Transfer’.

The Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero, highlighted “the usefulness of the rankings, such as U-Multirank, to make an analysis of the University with the aim of establishing improvement plans and contribute to transparency”. In this case, he added, “this ranking reveals our strengths in areas such as regional presence, the implication with the production system, graduates’ employability, international relations or continuing education, though it also indicates the areas in which we have to improve, which we have taken note of addressing them in the Strategic Plan 2016-2020”.

Press Release Office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, December the 23rd 2015.

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