The UCLM stands out for its academic staff and researchers’ quality within the Spanish university system

Leadership on Opening, Awards and Research Development

In the first weeks of July, the reports about the Spanish universities, elaborated by the Conference of Spanish Universities Rectors (CRUE) and the Knowledge and Development Foundation (FCYD), were presented. Both reports analyse thoroughly the Spanish University System with numbers and statistics. As significant results, it is noted that the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is the most open in terms of its Teaching and Research staff training, one of the most awarded universities on research standing in the first position in the Sciences field, improving in scientific publications in the last 10 years.

The Knowledge and Development Foundation report (FCYD), which analyses the importance of the economy and society in the Spanish universities, points out that Castilla- La Mancha is the region whose university presents the highest opening in its Teaching and Research staff training having the smallest endogamy rate, defined as the number of the Teaching and Research staff working at the same university in which they presented their dissertations. The percentage in Castilla-La Mancha is 48% whereas in in other Spanish universities is 70%, revealing the highest profiles diversity in the doctorate formation of the academic and researchers staff at the UCLM.

Another aspect that certifies the quality of the Teaching and Research staff at the UCLM comes from research awards in terms of what is known as six-year research periods. These are awarded by the National Evaluation Commission of Research Activity (CNEAI) under the research merits of each professor for a six years period. According to the CRUE report, the UCLM has a 69% rate, whereas the average for public universities is 60%, making the university of Castilla-La Mancha stand for the first position in Sciences with 86% and the second position in Engineering and Architecture with 82%.

Once again, the academic training and recognition of the Teaching and Research staff at the regional university are highlighted when the results are analysed in terms of scientific publications. Both reports analyse the variation percentage in scientific production in the last 10 years. In particular, the CYD report analyses the variation in publications indexed in Scopus between 2003 and 2013, whereas the CRUE report analyses the variation in publications indexed in the Web of Science between 2003 and 2012. In this regard, the UCLM is among the best in the percentage of improvement when the 25 universities with more publications are analysed, being the first university that has increased its publications from 400 publications in the year 2003 to 1319 in 2013 according to the CYD Report, and the second university having increased an 187% if we look at the data used by the CRUE report, only surpassed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (194% variation).

The progress of the UCLM on research is not only reflected in the volume of scientific publications, but also on issues related to the quality of such publications. Thus, the CYD Report places the UCLM as the sixth Spanish university regarding the proportion of publications with excellent leadership, with 8.90%. This quality indicator, disaggregated in areas, places the UCLM as the third Spanish university in Engineering with 14.57% and the fourth Spanish university in Medicine with 6.41%.
The UCLM makes an accurate monitoring of the various statistics and reports about universities in their Planning and Quality Office (OPYC), which supports the work being carried out in terms of the planning and improvement university activity coordinated by the Vice- Chancellor´s Office for Economy and Planning.

Press Release Office, UCLM. July 13rd 2015.

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