The prestigious scientific journal Nature has recognised the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) as one of the 150 best young universities in the world, as set out in its Young Universities Nature Index 2021, which analyses the research carried out by universities in the field of natural sciences. Specifically, the UPV is ranked 106th worldwide, while it is listed as the fourth best in Spain.
In drawing up the index, Nature analyses the research and strategies used by these academic institutions in the field of natural sciences, an area that includes chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, life sciences, and physics.
This ranking of young universities is based on the Nature Index, a database that Nature Portfolio has been compiling and publishing since 2013, analysing the publications of 82 high-impact academic journals.
Founded by Joseph Norman Lockyer in 1869, having an article published in the weekly journal Nature is seen by most scientists as a sign of prestige, as it rejects around 95% of all papers submitted.
The publication has offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Tokyo, Paris, Munich and Basingstoke, and correspondents in most countries around the world. In 2007, it was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, alongside the journal Science
The Nature index once again reaffirms the excellence of the UPV, as recognised by all the top international rankings.
In August 2021, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU, popularly known as the Shanghai ranking), rated the UPV as the best polytechnic university in Spain, and included it, for the 17th consecutive year, among the world’s best 500 universities.
The latest editions of the world’s other two main university rankings, QS and THE, also endorse the UPV’s teaching level. In fact, THE currently considers the UPV to be the Spanish university with the greatest economic and social impact, while last June, the QS World University Rankings included the UPV in the world's top 400 (371st), and also distinguished it as the best university in the Valencian Community.