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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

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



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


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


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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