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UC3M consolidates its leadership in the U-Ranking, remaining in first place for yet another year

U-Ranking 2024


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) remains in first place in Spain for its general performance, according to the U-Ranking 2024, prepared by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie, in its Spanish acronym). UC3M shares this national leadership position with the Universitat Politècnica de València.


In second place are the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Politécnica de Madrid. There are four public universities in third place: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Autónoma de Madrid, Universitat de Barcelona and Universitat Rovira i Virgili. 

Both teaching activities and research and innovation activities at 70 Spanish universities are taken into account when preparing this ranking. In addition to the general ranking, two specific rankings are included for teaching and research and innovation.

UC3M also ranks first in Spain for teaching, along with two other public universities and three private institutions. UC3M also excels in research and innovation, ranking second nationally.

This edition analyses 20 indicators related to quality, internationalisation, production and available resources. In teaching, aspects such as minimum marks, the number of lecturers per 100 students, the percentage of foreign students and students in international mobility programmes, and evaluation and success rates, for example, are taken into account. In research and innovation, the citations per document, the average impact factor, PhD staff contracts, the percentage of publications in journals in the first quartile, the number of patents granted per PhD lecturer, the competitive public resources obtained and the PhD theses read, among others, are evaluated.

More information: 
U-Ranking report