The CYD Foundation publishes largest Spanish university ranking amid Coronavirus pandemic


May 27, 2020 11:31(CET)

The CYD Foundation Ranking

The CYD Foundation today presented the results of the seventh edition of the CYD Ranking, the Spanish ranking that features the highest number of universities, now available for viewing at The presentation was made in the context of the current health crisis due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic which has forced Spanish universities to accept a much faster and more radical change: their digital transformation. In this challenging situation, the CYD Ranking provides a tool that helps to measure and compare all the universities by means of a multidimensional guide that assesses and compares both institutional performance and performance in the different areas of knowledge of each university featured in the ranking. 

The CYD Ranking continues to grow in terms of the number of universities, areas of knowledge and degree courses, providing comprehensive and highly representative information on the Spanish university system. The seventh edition features the results of 76 Spanish universities, 25 areas of knowledge (with two new ones: Law and Earth Sciences/Geology) and 2,925 degree courses. The universities listed account for 94% of the 81 that provide degree courses established prior to 2019 (in that year a further four universities were recognized). Of this total, 48 are public (representing all the public Spanish universities that offer degree courses) and 28 are private (84.8% of the private universities established before 2019).

With regard to areas of knowledge, the percentage of universities featured on the CYD Ranking compared to the total universities at which degree and Master’s courses are given fluctuates between 71.7% in the case of Earth Sciences and 82.3% in the case of Law.


This seventh edition of the CYD Ranking has included, for the first time, indicators on job placement and the employability of university graduates so that students have access to comparative data on the employability figures of the degrees they decide to follow.

This information, which is included in the eight new/updated areas of knowledge for 2020 as well as the 17 areas from previous editions, also helps to steer students’ preferences towards the current needs of the labour market, and tries to reduce the gap between supply and demand in terms of qualifications and job opportunities. The inclusion of this information has been made possible thanks to the input of the Integrated University Information System (SIIU) of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

In the eight new/updated areas of knowledge, the following universities stand out as having a higher number of high performance indicators in terms of employability:

  • Business Studies: Antonio de Nebrija, Católica Santa Teresa de Jesús de Ávila, Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Mondragón, Valladolid, Zaragoza, Illes Balears and Miguel Hernández de Elche.
  • Economics: Pompeu Fabra, Santiago de Compostela, Carlos III de Madrid, Autonomous University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Oviedo, Cantabria and Rey Juan Carlos.
  • Political Sciences: Carlos III de Madrid, Burgos, Murcia, Rey Juan Carlos and Pompeu Fabra.
  • History: Autonomous University of Madrid, Autonomous University of Barcelona, València-Estudi General, Jaume I de Castellón, Cantabria and Almería.
  • Education: Vic-Central de Catalunya, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Girona, Valladolid, Complutense de Madrid and Barcelona.
  • Earth Sciences/Geology: Illes Balears, La Laguna, Barcelona, Oviedo, València-Estudi General and Zaragoza.
  • Sociology: La Laguna, Rey Juan Carlos, Girona, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Malaga.
  • International Law: Católica Santa Teresa de Jesús de Ávila, Pontificia Comillas, Carlos III de Madrid, Pompeu Fabra and Ramon Llull.

Since 2019, the CYD Foundation has been part of the U-Multirank consortium, a tool that analyses universities worldwide, whose latest report will be presented on Tuesday, 09. June 2020, at 10:30 CET. The tie-up of CYD Ranking with U-Multirank means that Spanish universities can be compared with 1,760 universities in 92 countries which allows the role of the Spanish university system to be determined more precisely within an international context in general and a European context in particular. Among the total universities on this multidimensional ranking, 76 are Spanish (the same ones that appear in the CYD Ranking).

For a national comparison of Spanish universities, make sure to visit Please note, the CYD Rankings are in Spanish. For an updated international comparison of Spanish universities in English, visit on Tuesday, 09. June 2020, at 10:30 CET.


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