QS Stars Rating has given UCAM 5 Stars
Following a demanding evaluation, the excellence of the Universidad Católica de Murcia has been accredited in terms of educational model, internationalisation, inclusivity, online training and commitment to its students. The award will be presented during the QS Higher Education Summit Americas, to be held in Santo Domingo.
The prestigious company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions worldwide, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), has awarded UCAM an overall score of 5 Stars, thus improving its previous position.
QS Stars Rating provides insight into the performance of universities by conducting an evaluation in several categories. UCAM has especially stood out for its teaching model, the inclusivity of its university campuses, its internationalisation, online training and commitment to its students. Employability has been given a high score too. Only 7 Spanish universities have the highest QS rating, including UCAM.
Highest student satisfaction
One of the categories in which the Universidad Católica de Murcia has achieved the highest score is in ‘Teaching’, with the high level of student satisfaction standing out among the results. The study endorses the educational model of excellence applied by UCAM. This model is based on individualised attention, with academic and personal tutors and students organised in small groups, resulting in a high percentage of employability – as can be seen in the study, which records it at 87% of graduates.
Another aspect in which UCAM has got 5 Stars is in the category of commitment to its academic community. The ranking has highlighted aspects of the teaching staff such as their availability to students and how up-to-date they are, as well as the involvement of the academic community in projects, etc.
UCAM has also been praised for its inclusivity, for which QS Stars Rating examines areas such as accessibility for disabled people, the number of scholarships and funds the University allocates to its community and the diversity of its campus.
Since the beginning, UCAM has been committed to its internationalisation, which is reflected in the increasing presence of students from all over the world, who enrich the life of its campuses in Cartagena and Murcia. Last academic year, UCAM had students from 125 different countries. This becomes apparent in the analysis made by QS in its Stars Rating, which has also given it the highest rating in the indicators of diversity, international student support, collaborations and exchanges. It is worth noting that UCAM also received 5 Stars in the category of 'Online studies', offering society the possibility of balancing their studies with work and family life.
This award will be presented at the QS Higher Education Summit Americas, to be held in Santo Domingo on 13 September, and will be collected by María Dolores García, UCAM President.
These results are in line with those recently published in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2023, which placed UCAM among the best universities in the world in ‘Quality Education’, and other rankings such as those of the IUNE Observatory and CYD, which highlight the high number of students who fully complete their studies, and its high employability, where its close relationship with the business world is important.