UC3M, among the best European universities according to the QS Europe ranking

It stands out due to its international students and reputation among employers 9/20/23 The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is among the 10 best Spanish institutions and 125th among European universities according to the new QS Europe University Rankings 2024, which ranks the 690 best universities on the continent.

UC3M ranks 13th in Europe in international student recruitment, that is, students enrolled in a foreign university who come to the University on international exchange programmes for at least one semester. It also stands out due to its reputation given by employers -human resources directors and CEOS of companies-, a field in which it is 64th in Europe. Nationally, it is ranked 7th in Spain.

This ranking, carried out for the first time by the British consultancy firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), analyses the performance of universities in four areas: teaching, employability, internationalisation and research. To do this, it is based on twelve metrics: the institution’s academic reputation, which accounts for 30% of the total score; its reputation from the point of view of employers (15%); the citations that the research staff’s scientific publications have received (10%); the international research network (10%); scientific publications by faculty (5%); alumni employment results (5%); the ratio between teaching staff and students (5%); the institution’s sustainability (5%); the number of foreign teaching staff (5%); international students (2.5%) and their diversity (5%); and the proportion of the university's students participating in exchange programmes at other institutions (2.5%).

The top European positions in this ranking are held by the University of Oxford (in the United Kingdom), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland) and the University of Cambridge (in the United Kingdom). In total, this ranking includes a total of 690 universities from 42 locations.