PARIS, March 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — International higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds has today released the 13th edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Spain stands out in Social Sciences, with its strongest program, Hospitality Management, among the top 15 in the world, while Business and Management occupies three of its top ten places. Spain is the fourth continental European country with the highest representation in the ranking, but it is ninth in terms of concentration of the 100 best programs. The 2023 issue of the QS World University Rankings by Subject offers independent data on the performance of 424 programs from 37 Spanish universities. Of the total number of programs classified in Spain, 95 improve, 94 descend and 208 remain unchanged. In addition, 27 are classified for the first time.

In addition, Spain is classified with 82 entries in the tables of the five major areas of study (Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). Of these, 41 improve, 25 drop and 5 remain unchanged, while 11 qualify for the first time.

The University of Barcelona is the strongest Spanish institution as a whole, with 40 classified programs, 22 of them among the 100 best in the world. They are followed by the Complutense University of Madrid with 38 classified programs (12 among the best 100) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona with 37 (10 among the best 100).

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: The highlights of Spain

QS Vice President Ben Sowter said: “The Spanish university continues to offer some of the most innovative business and management education in the world. Historically, it has always been at the forefront of pedagogical advances in this field. IE University, for example, it was the first business school to launch an international MBA and the first to market a blended MBA.Then it was the first business school to partner with an Ivy League institution for an Executive MBA.It is this focus on reinvention that contributes to the good results of Spain in this matter.”

Sowter continued: “Spanish universities must find similar ways to innovate their research practices, their inter-institutional networks, and their pedagogical approaches across the subject spectrum if they hope to see similar progress on other subject tables and gain ground on their continental competitors.”

He added: “This thematic ranking is the broadest ever and provides an ever deeper understanding of how success in the rankings is achieved. Sustained targeted investment and international collaboration are consistently shown as pillars on which to build.” progress. Meanwhile, improved relations with industry correlate with better outcomes in employment, research and innovation.”

International highlights:

The rankings, produced by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, provide independent comparative analysis of the performance of more than 15,700 individual university programmes, taken by students from 1,594 universities located in 93 countries, across 54 academic disciplines and 5 areas of study (Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.) They are part of the annual portfolio of QS World University Rankings, which was consulted more than 120 million times in 2022, and covered 117,000 times by the media and institutions.

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