The UAB rises five points in the QS Ranking


The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has improved its position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and now ranks 188 worldwide and is the second top university in Spain.


The results of the new 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings place the UAB at number 188 worldwide. The university thus consolidates its position as one of the top 200 universities in the world after three years of continuous improvements, rising from 195 to 193 and now to position 188 in the ranking. The QS Rankings evaluates 1,620 universities from all over the world and places the UAB among the top 17.6% of institutions worldwide, the best position the UAB has ever reached in any of the QS ranking editions.

Among Spanish universities, the UAB ranks second of all 28 universities analysed by QS and is only surpassed by the University of Barcelona, which ranks 165. Following the UAB in third place is the Autonomous University of Madrid (192) and the Complutense University (212).

The QS Rankings are based on four pillars: research, teaching, employability, and internationalisation. They use six indicators: academic reputation, reputation amongst businesses, ratio of students per faculty, citations, internationalisation of faculties and ratio of international students.

In these six indicators, the UAB stands out in academic reputation (115 worldwide), and in citations of papers per researcher (183, an improvement of 106 points over last year's edition). The university's reputation among businesses also improves (248, up from last year's 261) and in international teaching staff (455 in comparison to last year's 474).

The report issued by QS on each university shows that UAB's scientific production for the 2013-2017 period was 20,460 articles, with a total number of 227,895 citations, corresponding to 142,783 normalised citations according to the weight of each discipline in each country. The UAB produces 80.6 citations per researchers, far above the global average of 37.0 citations.

The results of the rankings can be viewed at


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