The University of Barcelona is once again among the top 200 in the world for the sixth year, the only Spanish that achieves it, according to the Shanghai ranking from 2021, in which eleven other academic institutions in the country manage to position themselves among the 500 best valued higher education institutions.
Total, twelve centers in the country are among the 500 best placed, one less than in 2020.
El Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai ranking and the most recognized worldwide, It has been held since 2003 and is updated every year by Jiao Tong University. The campuses are ordered one by one up to the number one hundred and from there they do it by blocks.
Among the indicators that it uses to classify two thousand centers annually – although it only publishes the best thousand every August 15 – It includes the number of students and staff who win Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (Mathematics), the number of articles published in scientific journals, and the impact of their research.
In 2021, Harvard University tops the world list for the 19th consecutive year, followed by Cambridge, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech and Chicago.
Within Europe, the University of Paris-Saclay comes first and the second place is for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
In Spain, only the University of Barcelona is in the range of the 151-200 best institutions of higher learning in the world.
In the range included between positions 201-300, the “ranking” places the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Complutense of Madrid and the University of Granada. In 2020 it also included the University of Valencia, but in this latest edition it falls to the next range of the 301-400 best centers.
Along with that of Valencia share the same status the Autónoma de Madrid, the Polytechnic of Valencia and the University of the Basque Country and, unlike last year, Pompeu Fabra descends through the ranks.
This way, the Catalan center moves to occupy a position among the 401-500 best in the world, a classification that it shares with the universities of Salamanca (which rises from the 701-800 range of last year), Santiago and Seville (which remain the same), and from here those of Oviedo disappear (now between 701-800 better) and Zaragoza (now between 501-600).
The following academic institutions accompany Zaragoza in this block: the Polytechnic of Madrid, the University of Navarra, the University of Vigo and the Rovira and Virgili (Tarragona).
The Spanish classification is completed by another 22 higher education centers, in positions ranging from 601 to 1,000.
University of Barcelona 151-200
Autonomous of Barcelona 201-300
Comoplutense de Madrid 201-300
University of Granada 201-300
Autónoma de Madrd 301-400
Polytechnic of Valencia 301-400
University of the Basque Country 301-400
University of Valencia 301-400
Pompeu Fabra 401-500
University of Salamanca 401-500
University of S. de Compostela 401-500
University of Seville 401-500
Polytechnic of Madrid 501-600
University of Navarra 501-600
University of Vigo 501-600
University of Zaragoza 501-600
Rovira i Virgili 501-600
Jaume I 601-700
University of Alicante 601-700
University of Extremadura 601-700
Universidad Illes Balears 601-700
Polytechnic of Catalonia 701-800
University of Lleida 701-800
University of C.-La Mancha 701-800
University of Jaén 701-800
University of La Laguna 701-800
University of Malaga 701-800
University of Murcia 701-800
University of Oviedo 701-800
Las Palmas de GC University 801-900
Pablo de Olavide 801-900
Alcala de Henares 801-900
University of Córdoba 801-900
University of Girona 801-900
Carlos III of Madrid 901-1,000
King Juan Carlos of Madrid 901-1,000
University of Almeria 901-1,000
University of Cantabria 901-1,000
University of Valladolid 901-1,000
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.