UCLM stands out in regional engagement and external research funds

The 2016 edition of the CYD ranking compares the performance of 66 Spanish universities

The Foundation for Knowledge & Development presented in Madrid the third edition of the CYD ranking. This ranking classifies universities in performance groups for a set of indicators grouped into 5 dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) stands out in regional engagement and external research funds raised. By contrast, it shows a low performance in the international orientation.

CYD ranking is the Spanish version of U-Multirank promoted by the European Commission. This ranking classifies 66 Spanish universities at an international level (46 public and 20 private universities) in 32 indicators grouped into five dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Universities are compared each other and classified into three qualitative categories: high performance, intermediate performance and low performance.

In this classification, the UCLM is well positioned in three high performance categories, 16 intermediate performance, and just thirteen low performance categories; therefore it is on the average or above it in 60% of the indicators framework. Deepening on the results, two high performance indicators belong to the regional engagement dimension. The other indicator that gets the maximum score at the institutional level is external research funds raised. By contrast, the UCLM gets low performance in five of the six indicators in the international orientation dimension, showing that the regional university must improve in this area. It has to, among others, increase the number of courses taught in foreign languages and international mobility of students.

The 2016 CYD ranking edition also compares the performance of universities in certain fields. Specifically, the University of Castilla-La Mancha has been evaluated in Chemistry, Social Work, Sociology, History and Biology. In Biology the university stands out on the publications per academic staff, while in other fields on the academic staff qualification.

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Press release office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, May 12, 2016