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Research universities across the world: Paths to academic excellence. Josep Joan Moreso Rector of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. THE BIRTH AND REVIVAL OF UNIVERSITIES Moscow, October 2012. UPF: a young public university of quality.

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Research universities across the world paths to academic excellence

Research universities across the world:

Paths to academic excellence

Josep Joan Moreso

Rector of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

THE BIRTH AND REVIVAL OF UNIVERSITIES

Moscow, October 2012

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Upf a young public university of quality

UPF: a young public university of quality

  • Times Higher Education ranking (2012) 100 under 50: position 17 worldwide and 1st-ranked Spanish university


Upf an overview academic year 2011 2012

Students: 9.115 + 4.054

Undergraduate: 9.115

Postgraduate: 2.927

Doctoral students: 1.127

Academic staff:

Faculty members: 324

Part-time and other teaching staff: 556

Administrative and service staff: 670

Budget (2012): €121’9M

53% Ordinary public funding

22% Research

16% Students fees

Institutions:

7 faculties; 1 polytechnic school; 8 departments; 3 university institutes; 4 associated centres; 3 postgraduate platforms; 1 continuing education institute

UPF, an overview* (academic year 2011 - 2012)

Strategies for International Excellence of European Research Universities: sharing best practices

*Data does not include affiliated centres

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


A urban university at the heart of barcelona

A urban university at the heart of Barcelona

Ciutadella Campus:

Social Sciences and

Humanities

Mar Campus:

Health and

Life Sciences

Poblenou Campus :

Communication and

Information Technologies

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Research universities across the world paths to academic excellence

Mar campus: health and life sciences


Poblenou campus communication and information technologies

Poblenou campus:communication and information technologies


Teaching quality

Teaching quality

  • 21 undergraduate studies, 109 master’s degrees and 9 doctoral programmes

  • Main indicators of teaching quality:

    • 2 students apply for every UPF available place (2012-13)

    • The highest rate of academic achievement in Spain: 86% (2010-11)

    • Employability rate: 87% (Catalan Quality Assurance Agency, 2011)

    • Satisfaction rate: 93% of UPF graduates would choose the

      same university again (Catalan Quality Assurance Agency, 2011)

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Research innovation

Research & Innovation

  • 22% of university funding comes from research activity (competitive and non competitive calls) (2012)

  • One of the twenty European universities with more projects awarded by the European Research Council (10 in 2012)

  • 1st Spanish university in international cooperation and field normalized citation score (Scimago Institutions Rankings, SIR World Report, 2011)

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Research universities across the world paths to academic excellence

International Vocation

  • 37% of official masters’ students and 50% of doctoral students are international (2011-12)

  • 16% of students are in mobility at UPF (2011-12)

  • StudyAbroadProgramme: 912 students(2011-12)

  • 29% of graduates undertook study periods abroad (2010-11)

  • 1st Spanish Univ. in “International faculty” (THE 2011)

  • Agreements with 27 of the Top 50 world’s univ. (THE, 2011)

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Current context in spanish catalan heis

Current context in Spanish & Catalan HEIs’

  • General economic crisis and budgetary cuts in universities’ funding:<0’4% Catalan GDP (2012)

  • Governance: rigidity and lack of full autonomy

  • Faculty recruitment and academic promotion:

    • No wage flexibility

    • Exceptions: some flexible forms of research/teaching contracts

UPF’s institutional policy

recruiting

internationaltalent at all levels

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Students

STUDENTS

  • Undergraduate studies:

    • English-taught programmes and courses, study abroad programme, UPF-UCLA summer school

    • 14% of new students finished high school w/honors(2012-13)

  • Graduate studies:

    • 8 out of 9 Doctoral programmes recognised with the Mention to Excellence (Spanish Ministry of Education)

    • 65% of thesis defended in English (2011-12)

      (+) Specialised postgraduate platforms:

      • Barcelona GSE (economics)

      • Barcelona School of Management (BSM) (management)

      • Barcelona Institute for International Relations (IBEI) (politics, IR)

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Teaching and research a singular model of administration universities partnership

TEACHING AND RESEARCH:A singular model of Administration - Universities partnership

  • ICREA programme (2001)

    • Goal: to promote research in any field of knowledge by recruiting international talent for the Catalan R&D system

    • Annual call - 282 researchers hired from 2001

    • Salary flexibility: permanent positions that allow ICREA researchers to join and lead research groups working at Catalan universities and research centres

  • Universities programme (2012-15, 2nd phase)

    • Goal: to recruit talent for Catalan universities on international standards (482 permanent professors recruited from 2004-10)

    • Offering salary flexibility: flexible forms of teaching contracts in areas of specialization where the University can excel

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Upf s recruitment policy and results

UPF’s recruitment policy and results

  • An OPEN POLICY to international talent

    • Profile: strong in research + international experience

    • To take advantage of these governmental flexible forms of research contracts (ICREA, SH)

  • UPF’s RESULTS in competitive calls (2012)

    • At a Catalan level:

      • ICREA (38)

      • Icrea Academia (20, the 10% of the Catalan system)

    • At a Spanish level:

      • Ramón y Cajal (27)

      • Juan de la Cierva (21)

    • At a European level. 31 ERC Grants:

      • Starting grants (14)

      • Advanced grants (17)

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


Research universities across the world paths to academic excellence

Thanks!

UniversitatPompeuFabra is named after the man who laid down the standards of the modern Catalan language.

Research universities across the world: paths to academic excellence // 3rd Int. Conf. RAHER, October 20th 2012


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