Spain has a high-quality educational system, endorsed by one of the highest school enrolment rates and spending rates per student in the OECD countries, according to the report titled “Education Policy Outlook Highlights: Spain”. Moreover, the ratio of students to teachers is lower in Spain than in the OECD and the EU at all educational levels.
The data of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE), collected in “La Universidad Española en Cifras” (The Spanish University in Figures), also points out that the academic performance of the Spanish University System is among the best ones in OECD. In fact, 78.5% of university students are graduated–86.5% in the case of private universities–compared to the OECD average, which is around 70%.
Spanish is an important language in study, business and financial fields. It is the second most spoken language in the world with more than 572 million of Spanish-speakers and it is also the official language in 20 countries. Spanish language is growing and growing: more than 20 million people are learning Spanish and by 2050, there will be 754 million of Spanish-speakers. According to the report titled “The Spanish, a living language”, by the Cervantes Institute, the contribution of all Spanish-speaking countries to the world GDP is 6.4%. This report also highlights that sharing a language doubles the trade exchanges among countries. DELE diplomas (Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language) awarded by the Cervantes Institute are official qualifications internationally recognised and indefinitely valid.
Spain has a wide university training offer, both public and private. Nowadays, there are more than 80 universities that, at the same time, they have registered about 500 Research Institutes. Moreover, there are about thirty Doctoral Schools and around a hundred Scientific and Research Parks to continue with a high level training.
Spain has a high quality educational offer. Indeed, it has become the first country receiving student of the European scholarship Erasmus since 2001. What is more, 10 of the 20 universities chosen by the European Erasmus are Spanish. Furthermore, according to the ARWU World University Rankings, 13 Spanish universities are among the 500 world’s most recognized.
The integration of ICT in schools and teacher training is a constant priority. The study “Survey of Schools: ICT in education”, led by the European Union, emphasizes the good level of ICT equipment in Spanish classrooms, compared to the European average. In this regard, the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF) plays an essential role in the search for excellence and innovation among professors.
Spain is a world leader in academic excellence, innovation, technology and transfer of knowledge to the industrial sector. Our country ranks eleventh in scientific publications, in compliance with Scimago Journal Rank (SJR, 2015). Medicine (more than 25,000), Engineering (more than 11,000) and Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (close to 10,000) are the fields with the most scientific publications, according to the data by the Spanish R&D+i I Observatory (ICONO).
Spain is the European leader and the third country worldwide in terms of biotechnology applied to agriculture. According to the EU, our country is also among the top five in biochemistry and molecular biology. Spain also has an extensive network of high-level research centres connected to many faculties and training centres in Spain. The facilities of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) or the Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) are some of the most outstanding.
Spain is worldwide recognized for its cutting-edge cuisine, thanks to chefs such as Arzak, Ferran Adria and Roca brothers, among others. People around the world come to our country to study at our Fine Cuisine Schools. Among them, stands out the Basque Culinary Centre, located in the Basque Country, which has a Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and a Research and Innovation Centre for Food and Gastronomy.
In our country, there is a whole network of Spanish Conservatories of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts and several prestigious centres such as the Berklee College of Music or the Royal School for Performing Arts, where they teach music, dance or dramatic art at the highest level. Spain is a leading country in the design of fashion and interiors, but the design of animation and videogames sectors are also beginning to emerge. There is a wide range of training both for fashion design with the European Institute of Design (IED), and the IADE School of Design at the University of Alcalá, as well as for videogames, animation or interior design with the ESNE.
Vocational and Technical Training (FP) offers many professional opportunities. FP is organized in Intermediate and Advanced Educational Cycles and they are grouped into about 26 professional families, which are taught in more than 3,600 teaching centres. Every year, almost 800,000 students choose this training, a number doubled in recent years due to its high employability.
Over 100,000 people study an official master in Spain. According to Global MBA Rankings, by Financial Times, our country hosts some of the most prestigious business schools in the world: IE, ESADE, IESE and EADA. In a leadership position is also EOI, included in the website ranking of Business Schools; and ESIC, which is among the only 10 European Schools part of the Top-Tier Employability of QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017. We cannot ignore the success of our universities' courses in summer.