The ranking, which was made public this Wednesday, analyses indicators relating to Teaching and Learning, Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Outreach, Contribution to Regional Development and Employment in Spanish universities. In this sense, the University of Alicante, together with the University of Navarra, lead most of these indicators in Nursing studies, in the rate of students per professor, the success rate, national and international research funds, student mobility and the number of international students, among others.
The ranking also highlights that Valencia is among the main regions with the highest performance indicators among its universities. In particular, Valencia is one of the five regions with more than 20 indicators in the highest performance group in higher education.
The CYD Ranking allows these areas to be analysed and grouped according to dimensions and indicators. In the Teaching and Learning section, Medicine and Nursing are the areas with the highest number of indicators: 3 of them stand out as having the highest values: in the graduation rate, the Nursing degree has the highest value (75.3%) followed by Medicine (71.5%); in undergraduate performance rate, the Nursing degree achieves a value of 92.5% and Medicine 90.6%, and in undergraduate success rate, the Nursing degree gets 94.7% and Medicine 93.7%.
The health crisis caused by the COVID-19 has generated a turning point in the area of Health Sciences, increasing its value and recognition. This has had a direct impact on the decision-making process of young people who want a career in this area, increasing the demand for specialised health profiles.
In this context, it is no coincidence that the demand to study Medicine at public universities has shot up by 44%, from 44,589 applications in the 2019/20 academic year to 64,164 in 2020/21. According to pre-enrolment data from the Integrated University Information System (SIIU) of the Spanish Ministry of Universities, applications for enrolment in Nursing (30%) and other studies related to Health Sciences (13%) have also increased.