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Introduction to the Rankings Observatory

What are rankings?

University rankings are lists of higher education institutions that are classified according to a common set of indicators and ranked according to their results.

What will you find in this Observatory?

This observatory provides information on the rankings that are best known because of their prestige or their prominence in the media, and on the UPC’s position in these rankings as a function of geographical and/or thematic classification parameters.

Because each ranking uses its own methodology, system of indicators and weighting coefficient, the Observatory aims to present each one’s particular traits and results in a clear, schematic way, edition by edition. Related news items and documents are also available.

A brief overview of the UPC’s results in recent editions is shown in the table below.

News

The UPC is the top Spanish university for Innovation and Technological Development, in the 2016 U-Ranking

The UPC is the top Spanish technical university for scientific output and productivity in the 2013 Research Ranking of Public Universities in Spain (Buela-Casal).

The UPC has been classed as a “transparent university” in the 2014 Spanish University Website Voluntary Transparency Report published recently by the Commitment and Transparency Foundation. The new "UPC Transparent" portal (http://www.upc.edu/transparencia/) must have contributed to this result.


Entrar Access the Rankings


The UPC in the main university rankings


Latest edition Previous edition
Ranking (area) Catalonia Spain (politechnics) Spain European World Catalonia Spain (politechnics) Spain European World
ARWU (Shangai Ranking) Global (academic, research) 4 3 18-20 235-265 601-700 4-5 2-3 17-22 234-267 601-700
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences (academic, research) 1 1 2 18-22 76-100 1 1 1-2 20-35 101-150
U-Ranking, Innovation and Technological Development (productivity) (generic) 1 1 1 1 1 1
Best Global University Ranking – Engineering (research, reputation) 1 1 1 13 60 1 1 1 12 53
Best Global University Ranking – Computer Science (research, reputation) 1 1 1 6 36 1 1 2 12 48
QS Top 50 under 50 (generic: international, teaching, research and reputation) 1 1 2 8 26 3 1 5 10 32
QS World University Ranking - Global (generic: international, teaching, research and reputation) 3 1 7 120 275 3 1 6 120 275
QS World University Ranking by Subject – Architecture and Built Environment (reputation, research) 1 1 1 9 26 1 1 1 9 29
QS World University Ranking by Subject – Mathematics (reputation, research) 1 1 1 12-33 51-100 1 1 1 15-35 51-100
QS World University Ranking by Subject – Engineering Civil and Structural (reputation, research) 1 1 1 8 34 1 1 1 10 39
QS World University Ranking by Subject – Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (reputation, research) 1 1 1 11-25 51-100 1 1 1 13-26 51-100
THE Young University Rankings (generic: teaching, research, innovation & international) 4 1-2 5-7 61-88 101-150 4 1-2 5-7 60-86 101-150
National Taiwan University Ranking. Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers - Global (research) 4 1 10 164 383 4 1 11 166 445
National Taiwan University Ranking. Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers – Engineering Field (research) 1 1 1 20 122 1 1 1 18 108
National Taiwan University Ranking. Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers - Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Subject (research) 1 1 1 7 65 1 1 1 7 47
Rankings I-UGR of Spanish Universities, 2004-2013 Mathematics (research) 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rankings I-UGR of Spanish Universities, 2004-2013 ICT (research) 1 1 2 1 1 2
Rankings I-UGR of Spanish Universities, 2004-2013 Engineering (research) 1 1 1 1 1 1
Rankings I-UGR of Spanish Universities, 2009-2013 Architecture (research) 1 2 2 1 2 2
THE (Times Higher Education) World University Ranking (generic: teaching, research, innovation & international) 5 1 10-11 253-287 501-600 1 4-5 6-7 200-251 401-500
THE - Times Higher Education – Computer Science (generic: international, teaching, research and reputation) 1 1 1 46-62 126-150 1 1 1 40-53 101-125
THE - Times Higher Education – Engineering & Technology (generic: international, teaching, research and reputation) 3 1 3-4 92-109 251-300 1 1 1 115-167 176-200
University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) (research) 4 1 11 166 381 3 1 9 160 376
Ranking Web of Universities (impact, presence, openess and excellence) 2 3 6 113 305 3 1 7 109 280
Ranking Web of Repositories (digital repositories) 1 1 1 12 31 2 1 3 13 32
CWUR Ranking, Centre for World University Rankings (academic, research) 3 1 9 169 410
SIR (Scimago Research Group) World Report (scientific output) 2 9 22 158 390 2 5 11 179 344
SIR (Scimago Research Group) Ibero-American Ranking (scientific output) 3 1 7 16 3 1 7 16
CWUR Rankings by Subject – Engineering Multidisciplinary (research) 1 1 1 1 4
CWUR Rankings by Subject – Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications (research) 1 1 1 1 4
CWUR Rankings by Subject – Construction & Building Technology (research) 1 1 1 3 9