University of Barcelona (UB). Since its foundation in the year 1450, the University of Barcelona has been a leading centre of education, science and critical thought.

In the academic year 2017-2018, students were distributed across 73 bachelor’s degrees, 153 university master’s degrees, 48 doctoral programmes, over 700 postgraduate courses and some 597 on-site and distance lifelong learning courses, covering as complete selection of courses. As far as international research is concerned, the UB has so far secured funding totalling more than 20 million euros for 61 research projects from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The UB has as well an active network: the League of European Research Universities, the organization and hosting of the third Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education, and the creation of an Ibero-American University Union, complement and reinforce the University’s institutional policies on research, teaching quality, internationalization and transferring knowledge to society. The combination of all these factors has paved the way for the UB to retain its position of leadership among Spain’s universities in the main international rankings.

UB is on the point of completing the process that will restructure its administrative units and academic centres and departments so that these can make better use of resources and operate more effectively.

The figures presented here summarize the UB’s actions and activities over the last academic year in the areas of teaching, research, innovation, internationalization and mobility:

  • 24,201 references to the UB’s scientific activity in the written press.
  • 5,741 scientific publications.
  • 75 patent applications.
  • 6 new technology- based spin-offs.
  • The UB, through the 10 members of its staff awarded the 2014 ICREA Acadèmia Award by the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, is the university with the highest number of winners.