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News vom 16.06.2011

New Spanish university ranking based on CHE methodology

CHE ranking methodology used internationally

The CHE – Centre for Higher Education is working with the CYD Foundation in Spain to develop a ranking for Spanish universities. The new ranking, which is backed by the Spanish rectors conference (Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas, CRUE) is very similar to the standards of the CHE ranking in terms of indicators and methodology, i.e. it is subject-related, multi-dimensional and ranks universities in groups rather than individual positions.

The methodology and indicators will first be adjusted to the structure of the Spanish higher education system. A test ranking for four to five subjects in different departmental environments will then be carried out. The ranking will then be rolled out continuously to include more subjects. The CYD Foundation will take charge of the ranking once it has been developed and tested, and there will be regular contact between the CHE and the CYD Foundation about developments relating to methodology and indicators.

Collaboration between the CHE and the CYD Foundation makes it possible to adjust the CHE’s ranking methodology to the specific characteristics of the Spanish higher education system on the one hand, and on the other it allows to catch up with recent developments in ranking in Europe, which is also an important aspect for Spain’s universities. Based on uniform methodology and a common set of core indicators, even in Spain, the CHE UniversityRanking could become the starting point for a joint European ranking platform. Presently, the CHE UniversityRanking covers higher education institutions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The CYD Foundation (Fundación CYD - Conocimiento y Desarrollo) has been active in the higher education sector for a long time now. It draws up an annual report about higher education in Spain and has excellent contacts with higher education institutions in Spain.

With more than 30 ranked subjects, the CHE UniversityRanking is currently the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in German-speaking countries. The CHE has assessed more than 300 universities and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In addition to the details about the study programme, teaching, equipment and research, the ranking also includes evaluations by more than 250,000 students about the study conditions at their own higher education institution.


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