Which Spanish universities obtain a greater volume of results? Which are the most productive or efficient? Do the universities with better results regarding research also stand out for their results in teaching? And moreover, when deciding where to study, how can I choose a university?
These are some of the issues analyzed by the U-Ranking project, developed by the BBVA Foundation and the Ivie, which offers a view of the Spanish public university system. The project identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each university and provides a ranking of the centers. All the information on the project is available at http://www.u-ranking.es. Also, the report Rankings ISSUE 2013. Indicadores Sintéticos de las Universidades Españolas presents the results of the research, in addition to detailing all the methodological aspects of the project.
The project is part of a research program jointly developed by the Ivie and the BBVA Foundation, which focuses on the role of knowledge as a source of economic growth. It has been developed by a large team of Ivie researchers and technicians, directed by Francisco Pérez, Professor of Economic Analysis at the Universitat de València and Ivie research director. The Observatory IUNE, directed by Professor Elías Sanz-Casado and integrated by researchers of the «Alianza 4U» (Carlos III University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University), has collaborated in the project, as well as a group of experts on this subject from ten Spanish universities.
General and personalized rankings
The general indicators offered by U-Ranking classify the centers according to the following areas: teaching, research or innovation and technological development, as well as in the whole of their activities. Each of these four rankings is calculated in two variants: volume of results and productivity.
The U-Ranking project also allows you to create customized degree rankings. So for example, a prospective university student can obtain a personalized ranking by responding to the questions “what to study” (the degree program of interest), “where” (regions of preference to study) and “what are your preferences for education and research”.