• Spain's news in English

Pompeu Fabra named 'young gun' university

The Local · 27 Mar 2015, 10:42

Published: 27 Mar 2015 10:42 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona is grouped among universities less than 50 years old that have risen the most in the THE’s World University rankings, traditionally dominated by institutions founded between the 11th and 19th centuries.

Typically, the older a university is, the better it tends to do in rankings.

But the publically funded Pompeu Fabra, founded in 1990, is among those bucking the trend, THE said, and is identified as one of seven "young guns" identified in the "Young Universities Summit Report".

Barcelona's Pompeu Fabra, which ranked 165 in the 2014-15 THE World University Rankings, is Spain's highest ranking university and the only one to appear in the top 200.

Now it has been recognized for its swift rise up the ranks, moving 12 places in just four years.

The university, with 9,568 undergraduate students, 3,319 master students and 1,156 doctoral students is among a group of rising stars that have shown what others developed over centuries "can be achieved in a matter of decades".

Photo: Teresa Grau Ros/Flickr

The small research-based university, which has campuses in the center of the Catalan capital, is the leading Spanish university in terms of Starting and Advanced Grants funded by the European Research Council and the second one when it comes to obtaining money from European research funds. It also has the highest research productivity and the highest citation index in Spain.

It is ranked fifth out of the top seven behind Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (founded in 1991); Maastricht University in the Netherlands (1976); University of Warwick in the UK (1965); and Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (1971).

Just behind Pompeu Fabra is Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Hong Kong’s University of Science and Technology, founded in 1991.

Copyright Times Higher Education 2015.  

The Catalan university like the others in the group has racked up high scores in three areas, THE says.

These include "citation impact" — how much a university's research papers are being referenced by other academics, a measure of the influence its research has on the rest of the world.

Another category is "income from industry" – how much companies are working with academics and applying their research to the real-world.

A third area is "international outlook"; a measure of how many international students and staff a university attracts, and how much it is collaborating on international research papers with other institutions.

Story continues below…

"The average age of the top 100 institutions in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings is close to 200 years old, and Oxford University can trace its origins back to 1096," Phil Baty, editor of the THE rankings, said in a statement.

"But this research shows emphatically that to be world class you don’t have to be old – you just have to be bold."

With strong leadership and financial backing the rising stars have shown that it is possible for visionary young universities to break through.

The list of fastest rising universities was released ahead of the THE's Young Universities Summit set for April 29th-31st at Dublin City University.


For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Man rescued from bin after climbing in find old clothes
Photo: Policía Local Murcia

Police were called after passersby reported hearing a man calling for help from within a rubbish bin in the Vistabella neighbourhood of Murcia, southern Spain.

Spain faces crucial week as conservatives re-take power
Mariano Rajoy hopes to form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain entered a crucial week as acting conservative PM Mariano Rajoy prepared to re-take power, ending ten rollercoaster months without government marked by hope and disillusion.

Eight very creepy Halloween costumes ideas from Spain
Photo: Pan's Labyrinth

Forget flamenco dancers and bullfighters, The Local counts down the freakiest alternative costume ideas to dress up in this Halloween.

Man attacked by racist thug in UK street for talking Spanish

Tomas Gil, 27, from Valencia in eastern Spain was talking to his girlfriend in their native language after a night out in the British seaside town of Poole when he was set upon by a racist thug.

Malaga: Police probe bizarre 'sex death' of homeless Brit
The man was found near Malaga airport. Photo: Dennis Howlett / Flickr

A British homeless man was found dead tied to a bench near Malaga airport with his trousers down and his genitals in a can of tuna.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections
Third elections could now be avoided. Photo: AFP

Spain's Socialists voted on Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Spain worries about tourism future
Photo: Josep Lago / AFP file picture

After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Spain's Socialists lift veto on Rajoy to break deadlock
The Socialists have decided to lift their veto on the minority conservative government or not. Photo: Gerard Julien/ AFP

Spain's embattled Socialists on Sunday voted to lift a long-standing veto that has prevented the conservatives from forming a minority government, in what should finally end a ten-month political impasse.

Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
jobs available