UVic-UCC bursts into the THE World University Ranking 2022 as the fourth best Catalan university and sixth in Spain
The University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) has been included in the international THE World University Ranking (WUR) by Times Higher Education, which has just published its 2022 edition, for the first time. UVic-UCC has burst onto the list, by being placed in the band between positions 401 and 500 among a total of 1,662 public and private universities in 99 different countries. In addition, it is the fourth-ranked Catalan university and the sixth in Spain, which has 52 universities on the list. In order to join the ranking, universities must have published at least 150 indexed articles each academic year, and at least a thousand articles in the previous five years.
These results "are great news for our institution and for everyone who is part of the university community," said the rector of UVic-UCC, Josep Eladi Baños, who also described them as the result of "collective effort and the combination of countless small successes over a long time."
According to the rector, achieving this place in the ranking "positions UVic-UCC internationally, confers recognition on it as a robust institution, and opens up new doors for the future," at the beginning of the academic year in which the institution will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the recognition of the University of Vic by the Parliament of Catalonia. The fourth place in the Catalan ranking is shared by UVic-UCC with Ramon Llull University, while in Spain it is also tied with the University of Valencia.
The best score in scientific research and citations
The THE WUR ranking is one of the most prestigious worldwide, and is based on an analysis of 13 indicators in the areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation. In these areas, UVic-UCC scores particularly well in the field of research and more specifically, for citations in indexed journals, for which it ranks 146th on the list.
"This milestone is particularly important taking into account that UVic-UCC is a young institution, its firm commitment to research was only made just over a decade ago, and that the basic funding for research at our university has so far only come from internal resources," explains the rector. Furthermore, Baños believes that the good results for citations "show that not only has the quantitative dimension of the research been carefully monitored, but above all, the qualitative aspect."
The UVic-UCC rector adds that "there are many reasons that indicate that the university world is experiencing a paradigm shift, in which research is increasingly important and is essential for achieving excellence in teaching." In this context, UVic-UCC "will continue to work towards quality teaching and research as elements of its identity, while enhancing the comprehensive care of its students and its commitment to the region where it is located."
Present in other rankings
Times Higher Education produces university rankings to assess the performance of higher education institutions on the world stage. Its analysis focuses on three main aspects of universities' work: research, teaching and impact. Last April, UVic-UCC was included in the 2021 Impact Ranking for the first time. This ranking is also produced by Times Higher Education, and evaluates universities in terms of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.