Last September 5, Times Higher Education published the 2018 edition of THE ranking in which the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) was classified for the third year in a row, along with a total of 29 of the 75 existing universities in Spain. Globally, this ranking only includes the top 1,000 universities within more than 24,000 institutions of higher education around the world, being ranked among positions 801-1000. With respect to the previous year, the UCLM has improved in aspects related to ‘academic training’ and ‘internationalization’ according to the results released this year whereas, on the contrary, it steps back in the fields of ‘research’ and ‘innovation’.
THE ranking is characterized by taking into account aspects related to ‘training’, ‘research’, ‘innovation’ and ‘internationalization’ from the analysed universities, providing a comprehensive view of a good part of their activities. To do this, it uses validated information from universities, academics and publishers to determine the score corresponding to 13 indicators.
For the third time, the bibliometric information corresponding to the scientific publications has been provided by ELSEVIER through the SCOPUS database with 10,568 surveys received from academics all over the world supplying information about the reputation of universities. This time, the process of elaboration of THE ranking has been subjected to an external audit performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in this edition.
As a result, 29 Spanish universities, from which 28 are public and one of them is a private university, have been selected from the 75 existing in Spain, incorporating 2 more than in the previous edition which had 27. However, the set of Spanish universities did not improve since they lost an average of 45 positions despite having better scores, which shows that other university systems progress faster than the Spanish. As for the UCLM, the scores indicate progress in ‘academic training’ and ‘internationalization’ and regressions in ‘research’ and ‘innovation’.
Made in London for 14 years, THE ranking is considered one of the four most prestigious in the world in the selection and classification of universities, along with the Asian ARWU, the British QS or American US NEWS. Since the incorporation of the UCLM to ARWU (better known as Shanghai ranking) last August, the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has been included in these four prestigious classifications.