Historical building of the University of Barcelona (UB), whose Anatomy & Physiology department ranks 21 in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. Photo: UB.

Twelve Spanish universities among the world’s top 50

Quacquarelli Symonds has published its annual World University Rankings, where 12 Spanish universities stand among the top 50 in specific fields.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specialising in education, has published its annual World University Rankings, where 21 schools from 12 Spanish universities appear among the top 50 when ranked by subject.

Our country’s top-standing school is Anatomy & Physiology at Universitat de Barcelona (UB). It ranks 21, having climbed 11 positions since 2017.

In Architecture/Built Environment, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) stands among the top 25 (ranked 22), while Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) stands out in Library and Information Management (also ranked 22). Also among the top 30 universities in their fields are ESADE/Universitat Ramon Llull (Business & Management Studies, #27) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, Dentistry, #30).

In the 48 subjects listed in the QS rankings, Spanish universities appear 313 times, with 91 climbing positions and only 30 falls as compared to 2017. The study highlights our country’s significant improvements in education, in particular in the fields of Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Six newly-listed universities

Moreover, six Spanish universities have been added to the QS rankings, which shows that our country is among the European leaders in academic development.

Among the top-performing universities in Spain according to Quacquarelli Symonds, six are in Catalonia, four in Madrid and two in Navarra. Likewise, there are eight public universities (UB, UPC, UC3M, UCM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/UAB, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid/UPM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra/UPF and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/UAM), three private universities (Ramon Llull, IESE Business School and Universidad de Navarra) and the Sant Pol de Mar Hotel School, belonging to Universitat de Girona.

Two American universitiesHarvard and MIT – are the global leaders in the QS rankings, with top positions in 14 and 12 subjects, respectively. British Universities Oxford and Cambridge and USA’s Berkeley are among the top performers too.

The QS World University Rankings enjoy a remarkably consistent methodological framework, compiled using six simple metrics that effectively capture university performance: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.