Universidad de Costa RicaUniversity

Costa Rica

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Foundation: 1940

Mission: The University of Costa Rica is a higher education and cultural institution, constitutionally autonomous and democratic, made up of a community of professors, students and administrative staff, dedicated to teaching, research, social action, study, meditation, artistic creation and the dissemination of knowledge.

Vision: The aspirations of the institution are, first of all, to strengthen academic excellence through the development and permanent cultivation of a quality culture, with a close articulation between teaching, social action and research and through the updating of the curricula in undergraduate and graduate studies in all its university sites, the generation of innovative careers, continuous improvement and high-level training of academic and administrative staff, in order to meet, in a relevant manner, the needs of Costa Rican society and to enhance its leadership in the development of national education. Secondly, to enhance the generation of scientific, technological, socio-cultural and innovative knowledge in all units of the University and between disciplines, as well as to join international academic networks, based on mutual recognition, respect and shared benefits, with a view to strengthening academic culture. Thirdly, to promote integration, alliances, social commitment, cooperation, solidarity, the dissemination of university work and innovation in order to forge new spaces, with the aim of transferring and exchanging the knowledge generated between the University and society. Fourthly, to promote the democratization of entry to higher education through programs that favor equity and social inclusion and, at the same time, to promote initiatives to strengthen support services for the student population, in order to facilitate the permanence and successful completion of their studies in the institution. Finally, to promote international solidarity through the development of academic networks and the mobility of teachers, students and administrative staff, as well as to update the mechanisms and platforms of university management, ensuring environmental sustainability, technological leadership and modernity of physical infrastructure, in order to enhance relevance, efficiency and accountability.

History: www.ucr.ac.cr


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Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldLatin AmericaIBEROAMERICACosta Rica
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 634th72nd161st1st
Arts and Humanities 564th87th139th1st
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 836th60th203rd2nd
Chemistry 631st23rd124th1st
Computer Science 684th75th146th1st
Dentistry 508th71st88th1st
Earth and Planetary Sciences 516th78th147th2nd
Energy 688th116th196th1st
Engineering 633rd81st153rd1st
Environmental Science 587th65th151st2nd
Mathematics 615th47th111th1st
Medicine 785th104th214th1st
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 736th57th144th1st
Physics and Astronomy 689th69th155th1st
Psychology 681st47th111th1st
Social Sciences 706th81st146th2nd
Veterinary 396th50th78th1st

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatiĆ³n allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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