The UCLM moves back one position according to the BBVA Foundation and IVIE
The U-Ranking 2016 edition, developed by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute for Economic Research (Ivie) shows that the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) just dropped one position till the 22nd position in the Spanish University System, being analyzed 61 universities. Of all three teaching, research and innovation dimensions taken into consideration, the UCLM stands out in areas related to research and has more room for improvement in those related to innovation.
Generally, the U-Ranking highlights the results of the UCLM in areas such as the proportion of teachers with doctoral degrees, attracting competitive research resources, research recognition achieved considering the budget, citations received by scientific publications or income from research contracts with companies and institutions. Regarding teaching, the regional University stands out in the assessment to their students or the low level of university studies dropout.
In other issues such as the proportion of graduate and international students, attracting international research funds or licensing revenues on patents, the U-Ranking allows to identify areas in which the UCLM may improve in the years to come.
The report also compares the university systems of the different autonomous communities to determine their relative performance, highlighting the importance of the regional and economic context and the population in big cities. In this case, the UCLM presents a 20% performance rate below the average in the Spanish University System in line with the lowest regional, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita with respect to the national average and the lowest relative size of the university towns of Castilla – La Mancha.
After the measurement of the results, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero, stated that “the classification system U-Ranking based on performance is very sensitive to the regional and urban context of the universities analyzed, as well as to the age of the institutions, which places the UCLM in a less favorable position than the rest of universities analyzed. Despite this and with only 30 years of experience, the UCLM reaches the position 22 and stands out in various aspects compared to other universities located in more favorable areas and more university tradition”.
Manuel Villasalero emphasized “the importance of a stable framework for university funding and research to converge with other regional systems, according to which it is guaranteed to make an investment into these matters comparable with the relative effort other autonomous regional communities are performing on the GDP. ” In this regard, he recalled that “the UCLM is working with the regional government in a financing agreement and contract program from 2016 to 2020 to address, among other issues, a gradual reduction of funding gaps with respect to regional GDP on university education, research and development, which were unfavorable to 0.34% and 0.72% points, respectively, in Castilla-La Mancha according to the latest statistics published by the National Statistics Institute (INE).”
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