Spain has 8 of the best young universities in the world
6/29/2020 |
The Pompeu Fabra, UC3M, Politècnica de Catalunya, IE University, Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá, Ramón Llull, Rovira i Virgili and the University of Alicante enter the QS ranking of the best universities with less than 50 years of history
In addition to being the cradle of some of the oldest universities in Europe and the world, Spain also boasts having some of the best universities created in recent decades

This is reflected in the presence of young Spanish universities in the latest QS Top Under 50 ranking, the classification of the 150 best higher education institutions with less than 50 years of history. Eight Spanish universities have been included in the ranking. 

The highest ranking among the Spanish young universities is the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, in 32nd place in the ranking. Pompeu Fabra, founded in 1990, is a regular place holder in international rankings. It is ranked as the 11th best university under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education ranking of young universities (it is also the first Spanish university in this classification), and maintains its presence in rankings such as U-Multirank, U.S. News & World Report, and the one prepared by the University of Shanghai

Among the rest of the Spanish universities that appear in the QS ranking it is followed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), which is in 34th place. The Madrid university, based in Getafe and founded in 1989, is another Spanish university that usually appears in the world rankings. It ranks among the 50 best European universities in excellent teaching, according to the Times Higher Education Teaching 2019 ranking; it is also within the Shanghai University ranking of the best universities in the world in 12 academic fields; and it is also among the 150 best universities in the world according to its employability, according to the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020.   

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Pompeu Fabra University is the best ranked young Spanish university. Photo:

​The third best positioned university in the ranking of young QS universities is the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Founded in 1971 and based in Barcelona, it is ranked 36th. It is also among the top 100 universities in the Shanghai University ranking in 8 academic fields, being the first in Spain in different technological fields both in the Chinese ranking and in the specialised studies of QS. 

In addition to these three universities, the latest QS ranking includes IE University, which is ranked 42nd. Created in the 1990s, this private university stands out especially for its Masters and MBA programs, which are usually ranked among the best by the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg and The Economist

 Among the 150 best young universities in the world are also the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad de Alcalá, both in Madrid; the Universitat Ramón Llull and the Univeristat Rovira i Virgili, in Catalonia; and the Universidad de Alicante

The QS ranking continues to be led by Asian universities. Singapore’s NTU is number one in the world; followed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology of Hong, KAIST of South Korea and the City University of Hong Kong. In Europe, the main young university is the Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres); while the also French Sorbonne University ranks eighth. The Finnish university of Aalto is also in ninth place. 

The average age of the ten best universities in the world is 25.4 years, with three of them (PSL, Sorbonne and the Aalto University) formed by foundation or merger during the last decade