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The Spanish universities of Barcelona, ​​Granada and Valencia, in addition to the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Complutense of Madrid, have managed to rank among the 300 best in the world, according to the Ranking of Shanghai 2019, which since its creation 17 years ago, leads the US Harvard

The 2019 World University Academic Ranking (ARWU) of Shanghai is one of the most recognized classifications worldwide on these study centers, it has been carried out since 2003 and is updated every year by Jiao Tong University, located in that Chinese city.

According to the classification of 2019, which was made public this Thursday, the University of Barcelona is the only one of the Spanish that has managed to “sneak in” among the 200 best, a strip that was accessed a year ago and in which there were no Spanish center until 2018.

In addition, four other universities are among the top 300 in the Ranking: the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​the Complutense of Madrid, the University of Granada and the University of Valencia.

This year, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Valencia have accessed for the first time, while the Pompeu Fabra of the Catalan capital has lost its place among the 300 best.

The latter is now among the 400 best, together with the Autonomous University of Madrid, which remains in the same range as in the 2018 edition, from which the University of the Basque Country has fallen.

The 2019 Shanghai Ranking also places the universities of Oviedo, Seville, the Basque Country, the Balearic Islands and Zaragoza among the top 500 in the world.

And it places the Polytechnic of Madrid, the Jaume I of Castellón, that of Santiago de Compostela, and the Catalan of Rovira and Virgili in the first 600 places.

The classification takes into account quality parameters such as the number of publications in internationally recognized journals (with special attention to journals such as 'Science' or 'Nature') and the number of citations of the work of its researchers.

Also consider the number of Nobel prizes or Fields (Mathematics) medals that teach in their classrooms or have studied in them.

In global terms, the American University of Harvard returns to occupy the first world position in the classification of 2019, as it has been doing since 2003.

The American Stanford has also been the second on the list, in which to find a European must be placed in the third place in Cambrigde.

Some of the European centers that are also in the top hundred positions of this classification are the Federal Institute of Technology of Switzerland, the University of Southern Paris, the French Sorbonne and the German Heidelberg.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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