Spanish universities and the Ranking 2005 initiative

Jesus M. De Miguel, Harvard University
Elizabeth Vaquera, University of Pennsylvania
Jara D. Sanchez, Elizabethtown College


This article assesses the quality of the Spanish higher education system, focusing mainly on the methodological challenges that the existence of public and private universities represents in the calculation of global higher education rankings. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the University of Pennsylvania calculated the first ranking of higher education institutions in Spain, known as Ranking 2000, a few years ago. The report, Excelencia, calidad de las universidades españolas (Excellence: Quality of the Spanish Universities), included a detailed description of almost 100 indicators used, the data from all universities, and correlations between all indicators. In the present Ranking 2005, the authors present more recent data and an updated methodological discussion; finally, an improved selection of indicators supports a refined final index. © 2005 UNESCO.