The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has once again occupied a prominent position in the CWUR international ranking, ranking 1,161 out of nearly 20,000 universities around the world. This means that the ULPGC is among the top 5.9% in the 2021-22 edition of the “Global 2000 List of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)”.
This same outstanding position had been registered by the University of Las Palmas in the two previous editions. The indicators used in this classification refer to the quality of education, employment of former students, quality of the teaching staff and research performance, mainly research articles in top-level journals and citations received. This year 19,788 universities have been classified and the ULPGC is ranked 1,161 in the world, 434 in Europe and 42 in Spain out of the more than 80 existing Spanish universities. In the previous edition, 2020-21, in which 20,000 universities around the world were also measured, the ULPGC ranked 41st in Spain and 1,141 in the world, which placed it at 5.8% of the top rank.
The first university to appear in this world ranking is Harvard, followed by MIT and Stanford University, all three in the United States. The first European are Cambridge and Oxford in positions 4 and 5 in the world.
The first Spanish university is the University of Barcelona, which occupies position 131 in the world, followed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (186 in the world) and the Complutense de Madrid (247 in the world). Of the more than 80 Spanish universities, this ranking only includes 53 universities.
The Center for World University Rankings-Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a consulting organization that provides policy advice, strategic insights and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. Since 2012, CWUR has been publishing the only academic ranking that started as a project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with the goal of ranking the top 100 universities in the world. In 2019, the ranking was expanded to highlight the top 2,000 universities worldwide. Since 2016, the Center for World University Rankings has been based in the United Arab Emirates.
There are several international rankings that place the ULPGC in similar positions among the top thousand universities in the world, such as the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking.
In addition, the Spanish public university system – including the Canarian public universities – is, in general, in that 5% of the best universities in the world according to all these rankings, that is, among the 1,000 of 20,000 universities on the planet.