Which are the best universities in Spain

12 Spanish universities among the 50 best in the world

04/25/2018 - German information services

12 Spanish universities have placed themselves among the 50 best in the world in specific disciplines, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds 2018 ranking (QS). Because 22 Spanish faculties are now among the best in the world; A remarkable result when you consider that Spain has so far done rather average in an international comparison.


The front runners: The Faculty of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Barcelona achieved an outstanding result with 21st place (32nd place last year). The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Comprehensive University of Catalonia in Barcelona and the Faculty of Librarianship and Documentation of the University of Carlos III both took 22nd place.


Here is an overview of the ranking of Spanish universities: first number from 2018, number in brackets from 2017


University of Barcelona

Anatomy and Physiology 21 (32)

Archeology 33 (37)

Philosophy 46 (42)

Education 49 (51-100)


Autonomous University of Barcelona

Veterinary 31 (33)


Comprehensive University of Catalonia

Architecture and Urbanism 22 (26)

Civil engineering 34 (34)


Pompeu Fabra University

Economics 38 (34)


University of Hotel Management and Tourism Sant Pol de Mar

Hotel management 48


ESADE Business School Ramón Llull University

Business Administration 27 (21)


Complutense University of Madrid

Dentistry 30 (36)

Veterinary 33 (39)

classical philology 46


Carlos III University

Library studies and documentation 22

Economics 50 (50-100)


Comprehensive University of Madrid

Architecture and Urbanism 31 (50)

Engineering 46 (51-100)


Autonomous University of Madrid

Sports 49 (51-100)


IESE Business School

Business Administration 31 (27)


University of Navarre

Communication and Public Relations 49 (42)

Philosophy 50 (51-100)


In the 48 fields of study, the Spanish universities are mentioned 313 times (30 of which have fallen in the rating, while 91 have risen).


What was rated in the ranking?


There are 4 indicators: the reputation of the universities among the academics, the reputation among the employees, the number of citations about the universities and the index h, which measures the quality of the academics depending on the number of mentions of their articles.


Source: El Mundo


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