U-Multirank 2016 edition highlights the UCLM education quality

Highest rating in regional engagement, employability and lifelong learning

The new edition of the ranking promoted by the European Commission, U-Multirank, shows the progress of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in all areas analyzed, with particular emphasis on those related to the education quality. The UCLM stands out on issues such as the employability of their graduates, graduates working in the region, the student mobility, internships, graduation rate or continuing education. Regarding the previous edition, the UCLM improves in the 5 dimensions analyzed, being average or above it in 18 of the 28 indicators evaluated.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) was included in U-Multirank in the last 2015 edition of this classification system, which compares more than 1,300 higher education institutions, mostly belonging to the European area, from more than 90 countries. This ranking uses 29 indicators grouped into 5 dimensions to provide a multidimensional view of universities ‘Teaching and Learning’, ‘Research’, ‘Knowledge Transfer’, ‘International Orientation’ and ‘Regional Engagement’.

Universities are compared with each other and classified into 5 qualitative categories, representing ‘A’ the highest rating and ‘E’ minimum grade, with ‘C’ indicating an intermediate category found in the middle of the universities. In this second evaluation, the UCLM gets four ‘A’ categories, 3 “B” categories, 11 ‘C’ categories, 7 ‘D’ categories and 3 ‘E’ categories, as well as a non-applicable indicator; consequently, it is average or above it in 64% of the applicable indicators.

In the previous edition this proportion was as high as 54%, indicating a 10 points progress. The Regional University has doubled the number of ‘A’ categories, achieving the highest rating indicators related to income from regional sources, master graduates working in the region, student internships in the region and income from continuous professional development. On the contrary, the aspects in which the UCLM should improve are determined by the educational offer of degrees and masters in English and industry co-patents registration.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero, highlighted the progress of the UCLM “by improving its score on the five dimensions evaluated and doubling the number of top scores achieved,” spotlighting “the results on employability and job placement of graduates within the region.”

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