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In this evaluation, internationalization, teaching, employability and inclusion of CEU Universities received 5 stars, the maximum punctuation. In academic development, social responsibility and installations, the University was graded with 4 stars.

QS Stars is an evaluation system in which many universities from all over the world participate in voluntarily to accredit the compliance of the demanding standards of quality stated by QS.

CEU Universities has been awarded its presence for the first time in the international ranking prepared by the British firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which specialises in the analysis of higher education institutions. The three universities in the group have made their first appearance in this ranking by placing themselves among the top 25 universities in Spain. 

To do so, they have been evaluated according to a series of factors: academic level, reputation among employees, student-school ratio, number of citations received by the publications of their researchers and the proportions of foreign students and professors. 

This positioning is a recognition of the firm commitment of CEU Universities in the process of internationalisation of their classrooms, which already manages to attract 30 % of foreign students to their studies. This percentage has led CEU to occupy 4th place among Spanish universities in the QS World University Ranking. 

CEU Universities, which is an ensemble of Universities from CEU that brings together Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid), Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Elche and Castellón) and Universidad Abat Oliba CEU (Barcelona), was ranked 4th in the Young University Rankings 2022, out of a total number of 32 Spanish Universities, at an international scale, CEU Universities is number 136 out of 790 universities from 68 different countries.

Furthermore, CEU Universities is the second one in terms of citations in scientific journals within the national territory; and it leads in terms of the number of women among students (64 %). In terms of its internationalisation, it ranks 4, with 20 % international students on average.

The ranking elaborated by Times Higher Education (THE) analyses Universities under 50 years old. For their classification, 13 indicators linked to their fundamental mission are used: teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook, among others. This ranking provides an overview of those Universities opened to innovation; a feature particularly necessary to come out stronger after Covid.  

This ranking assesses the quality of university institutions at an international level in five areas: teaching, research, number of citations in publications written by researchers, internationalisation of staff, students and researchers, and knowledge transfer to the business field.

CEU San Pablo (Madrid), CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Elche and Castellón) and Abat Oliba CEU (Barcelona), under the name of CEU Universities, ranked 6th among Spanish universities and among the top 500 universities worldwide in the 2021 Ranking, where 1,527 university institutions from 93 countries participated.

We excel in research and internationalisation. In the field of research, we are positioned first among Spanish universities in terms of the quality of citations on scientific publications written by our research staff. In terms of internationalisation of staff, students and researchers, we are placed fourth at national level, with an average of 19% international students, which exceeds 30% at CEU UCH in the Region of Valencia. We also rank among the top ten Spanish universities for the ratio of students per lecturer (11.5) and for the ratio of female to male students (63:37).

Universidad CEU San Pablo has placed 2nd in the ranking published by El Economista for the most innovative centres in the Ibero-American world. This ranking analyses more than 100 educational institutions in Ibero-America. Out of these, 40 universities and business schools have ranked. CEU rose one position in 2021 compared to the 2020 ranking.

El Economista has taken into account aspects such as innovation, which universities have applied to their methodology, the use of the latest learning tools, a 4th Industrial Revolution focused curriculum, a teaching staff that comprises both, scholars and experts who are familiar with the business world, the internationalisation of the institution, the importance of the educational expertise and the students´ networking potential.

It is an international ranking which, since 2009, includes all universities and research institutions worldwide and takes into account research performance, innovation results and social impact-based indicators measured by website visibility.

Universidad San Pablo-CEU is the best rated private university in Madrid and the 2nd best rated private Spanish university in this ranking in 2020. It is the leader among more than 70 universities, public R&D centres, and private and public hospitals.


Universidad CEU San Pablo has once again had its educational model recognised, ranking 5 in the 2022 ranking of the best private universities in Spain, according to FORBES. The Institution the institution has improved by one position compared to last year. Its academic model, focused on the comprehensive and practical information, some cutting-edge facilities and the latest technologies can be highlighted. Currently, it can be found among the three best private universities in our country.

The 21st edition of the 50 degrees ranking prepared by the newspaper El Mundo, a publication that analyses the most demanded university degrees, has placed the Bachelor's Degree in Journalism of Universidad CEU San Pablo as the second best in Spain. Furthermore, the Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics remains in fourth place for another consecutive year and the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing has entered the ranking for the first time and is now in the top five.   

El Mundo newspaper stresses aspects of Universidad CEU San Pablo, such as its commitment to innovation, research, internationalisation and digitalisation as tools to adapt to the new reality. Similarly, it also highlights the launch of the Exploria project, an innovative programme in the transmission and acquisition of knowledge between students and Professors. 

Compare information offered by our students with the rest of Universities in Spain. We are the fifth best university in Spain with the most satisfied students, and one of the best universities which best prepares students to face the labour market by bestowing them with practical skills.   
We score very high in prestige, student counselling, international environment and high employability rate.