UCLM’s leadership on university research excellence in Veterinary and Energy in Spain

Noteworthy in Decision Sciences, according to the ICONO report

According to the report by the Spanish Observatory R + D + i (ICONO) of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) is the first Spanish university on research excellence within Veterinary and Energy fields, being ranked in the sixth position in the Decision Sciences field.

This report, which analyzes the Spanish scientific production in the last 10 years (2005-2014), has just selected the top 10 research institutions in each of the 27 analyzed fields. The analysis is based on the excellent publications of the universities and Spanish research organizations according to the SCOPUS database, encompassing various fields and thematic science fields in all disciplines, from the physical sciences to the arts and humanities.

Regarding the number of publications, the ICONO report shows that the Spanish relevance is especially significant in the field of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to which Spain contributes in a 4.6% of the world scientific production, being also remarkable the contributions in Environmental Sciences, Immunology and Microbiology, Mathematics and Chemistry, each with 3.8% worldwide.

However, the situation is different taking into account the quality of publications. In this case, Spain is more competitive globally in the fields of Veterinary and Energy with excellence percentages around 20%, followed by Chemical Engineering and Business Management with percentages around 16%.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Scientific Policy at the UCLM, Julian Garde, highlighted “the fact of being the leading university on research excellence in Spain precisely in the two areas in which this country is the most competitive worldwide, such as Veterinary and Energy “. He added that “once again, the regional university places Castilla-La Mancha on the global stage of scientific knowledge being a national benchmark in the world” regretting the “little support received on the part of the regional government in terms of scientific talent and technological capabilities.”

In this sense, Garde recalled that the results of the ICONO report confirm those recently published by the Shanghai Ranking, in which three Spanish universities with the UCLM included in this group, led the national research excellence in the world. The Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Scientific Policy has made an invitation to the members of the regional government to reflect on scientific regional policy in light of these results, indicating that “these achievements have been made in the third region with fewer resources proportionately devoted to research, just 0.51% of regional GDP compared to an average of 1.23% in Spain, in a context in which no regional aid has been called to carry out research projects for two years, having the necessary funding for it from the European structural funds and investment specifically designed for this purpose. ”

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Press release office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, July 12th, 2016.