Still don’t know what degree to take? Are you hesitating between several options and don’t know which one to choose? Do the ‘outings’ you may have when you graduate take precedence over your personal preferences and tastes? The first thing to keep in mind is that it is a very important decision for your future, so it is essential to find the perfect balance between your vocation and the options you have to find a job as soon as you finish.
The best way to clarify the doubts that arise when deciding which degree to pursue is to resort to information sources that can give you data and help you prioritize the conditions that you weigh for your final choice. One such source is the ninth edition of the U-Ranking, which has just been introduced. A project of the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie) which is of great help to know first-hand the current state of Spanish universities, offering an organization of the institutions in each educational field and, above all, guidance for students on which degree to choose based on various factors: geographical (where would you be interested in studying), ownership (public or private), cut-off notes, prices per credit and, perhaps the most decisive: the level of labor insertion that each degree or double degree has.
“We have tried to give answers to how universities are adapting to the changes that are taking place in the labor market”
“When you draw up a ranking of these characteristics you always have doubts as to whether you are capable of giving a true image of our educational system, but when you have been doing it for nine years, you see that the results are very close to reality“, recognize Joaquin Aldás-Manzano, professor at the University of Valencia and member of the Ivie, at a press conference.
“Every year we try to make an in-depth analysis of a question that is of special relevance to our educational system,” he continues. “On previous occasions we have tried to answer questions related to student dropout or grade employability, and this in particular we have tried to give answers to how universities are adapting to the changes that are taking place in the labor market, referring to digital innovation, and to the demands that students have ”.
Through four easy steps, the program tool offers a list of degrees with their respective faculties and universities to help the student make a reliable decision, ordering the degrees according to the preferences that the user indicates. In the same way, also serves as an educational thermometer for Spanish universities themselves, to know what students demand the most and how to adapt their services to improve in each course and adapt to changes, both in the educational world and in the labor market, which has been undergoing dizzying transformations in recent years as a result of technological innovation.
Conclusions that can help you
In addition to the resource that this tool can provide, there are several data from the U-Ranking 2021 report that can help make a decision. One of the aspects that stands out the most is the strong multidisciplinary character who have acquired many degrees over the years, even more so considering that companies increasingly demand more versatile and specialized profiles in different skills. This, in turn, has resulted in a large increase in the offer of degrees and double degrees.
“44% of the new degrees are double degrees, and for every three that are created, two old ones are closed”
“Currently, Spanish universities offer something over 3,500 degrees and double degrees and when we look back this supposes more than 1,100 new degrees of those that existed in 2010-2011, a growth of over 40% ”, says Pérez. “Now, many educational institutions are combining physics with mathematics, economics with law … 44% of the new degrees are double degrees, and for every three that are created, two old ones are closed ”. The novelty is another of the keys to understanding this new educational reality, since 40% of the degrees are less than ten years old. “If we look at the five major academic branches, the growth has been exponential ”, emphasizes the professor.
The conclusions of the ranking highlight that public universities continue to dominate the specific research ranking with great intensity, led by the Pompeu Fabra University, followed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Also interesting is the fact that the most recent titles connect better than the old ones with the preferences of the students and they respond more to the opportunities and challenges of the labor market.
In the general ranking, which you can consult in the link, the universities are ordered by their performance based on 20 indicators. The ones that head the first places on this list are the public ones, standing out above the private ones in terms of research and innovation, while the latter have better results in teaching excellence. As for the public ones, the first on the list is the Pompeu Fabra University, and in the private ones, the University of Deusto and the University of Navarra. But in the global calculation of performance, comparing the results also in the level of labor insertion, the Catalan shares the first position with the Carlos III of Madrid together with the Polytechnic of Catalonia.