The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), located in Bellaterra near Barcelona, is one of the major public universities in Spain. The UAB has over 39,000 students, almost 4,500 researchers and teaching staff, and hosts more than 5,000 foreign students. Since its foundation in 1968, the UAB has been acknowledged for its excellence in promoting quality in teaching and in attracting international talent. Its impact on research is also noteworthy. This excellence is reflected in its position in the most prestigious international rankings. In the 2018 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the UAB placed second among Spanish universities. According to the QS top 50 under 50 (2018) ranking, which includes universities founded less than 50 years ago, the UAB ranks 12th in the world, 5th at the European level, and is the first-ranked Spanish university. It is the second university in Spain in volume of scientific activity according Scimago Institution Rankings World Report (SIR WR 2018). In 2009, the UAB was designated a Campus of International Excellence (only 5 Spanish universities received that recognition).
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