University of Barcelona

University of Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona
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MottoLibertas perfundet omnia luce (Freedom bathes everything with light)
TypePublic
EstablishedNovember 3, 1450
RectorJoan Elias
Administrative staff
5.715
Students63,617
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The University of Barcelona (Catalan: Universitat de Barcelona, UB; IPA: [uniβəɾsiˈtad də βəɾsəˈlonə]; Spanish: Universidad de Barcelona) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain.With 73 undergraduate programs, 273 graduate programs and 48 doctorate programs to over 63,000 students,[1] UB is considered to be the best university in Spain in the QS World University Rankings of 2018,[2] which ranked the university 156th overall in the world. In the 2016-2017 ranking of University Ranking by Academic Performance,[3] UB is considered the best university in Spain and 45th university in the world. Also, according to the yearly ranking made by US News,[4] it is the 81st-best university in the world, and the best university in Spain.

Overview

The University of Barcelona is the principal centre of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programs it conducts and the excellence these have achieved. According to the 2011 CYD Report, it is the highest-placed Spanish university in terms of scientific output, with a total of 15,290 papers published between 2006 and 2010, also leading the ranking of Spanish universities in terms of percentage of papers published in high impact journals.[5] It has 106 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the 243 research groups as recognized and supported by the Government of Catalonia. In 2010 the UB was awarded 175 national research grants and 17 European grants and participated in over 500 joint research projects with the business sector, generating an overall research income of 70 million euros. The work of these groups is overseen by the UB's research centres and institutes which collaborate with leading research institutions and networks in Spain and abroad. The UB is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park Foundation (PCB), which includes the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona (IRBB); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL).

It is a member of the Coimbra Group, LERU, European University Association, Mediterranean Universities Union, International Research Universities Network and Vives Network. Established on 3 November 1450, it is the fifth oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest universities in the world.