The UAB in first position in the CYD ranking

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The UAB obtains maximum scores in 29 of the 36 indicators evaluated by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CYD), placing it at the top of the ranking which evaluates a total of 73 universities in Spain.


The CYD Foundation recently presented the results of the sixth edition of its CYD Ranking, the ranking which evaluates the greatest number of universities in Spain. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona obtains the maximum score possible in 29 (five more than last year) of the 36 ranking indicators and is this year's top university, followed by the Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Navarra.

The ranking divides these indicators into five "dimensions": teaching and learning, research, international orientation, contribution to regional development, and knowledge transfer, with the UAB also leader in the latter dimension.

Of the nine indicators evaluated in teaching and learning, the UAB obtained a top score in seven: bachelor's degree graduation index, bachelor's degree regulatory graduation index, master's degree graduation index, master's degree regulatory graduation index, bachelor's degree performance index, master's degree performance index and bachelor's degree success index. In research, the UAB obtained the highest score in 8 of the 9 indicators analysed: external attraction of talent, external funding, publications per lecturer, normalised impact, highly cited publications, postdoctoral researchers, average number of research active years and tenured lecturers without research active years.

In knowledge transfer, the UAB receives the highest score in seven of the eight indicators evaluated: private funding, publications in private enterprises, patents per lecturer, income per licence, spin-offs, cited patent publications and income for continuous training; Five out of six of the international orientation indicators also elevate the UAB to the top performance group: programmes offered in a foreign language, student mobility, international teaching staff, PhDs by foreign students and international publications.

Finally, the UAB obtained a maximum score in 2 of the 4 indicators in contribution to regional development: work placements in surrounding businesses and regional publications.
In this sixth edition, the CYD Ranking has grown in areas of knowledge and academic programmes in order to reach an even wider audience and offer the best representation possible of the Spanish university system. Results were published for a total of 23 areas of knowledge and 2,522 academic programmes offered by 72 universities which represent 90% of the 81 universities offering higher education studies.

The data included in the CYD Ranking stems from a variety of sources with the aim of offering the largest amount of information possible: data provided by the universities, data from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, bibliometric data and patent information.

The Knowledge and Development (CYD) Foundation, founded in December 2002 with a university and business vision, aims mainly to analyse and foster the contribution of universities to the economic and social development of the country, as well as to broaden the ties between universities and businesses.

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