Universidad de Cantabria *University


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Foundation: 1972

Mission: The University of Cantabria is a public institution whose mission is to develop an integral education, with a global vision and which responds to the needs of its environment, generating quality research and training, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and transferring knowledge and culture in a socially responsible way. Comprehensive training, with a global vision and that responds to the needs of its environment: Comprehensive: to train, besides very valuable professionals, people with a critical spirit, social values, European and global feeling and digital mentality. With a global vision: with the capacity to attract talent and prepare our graduates, Teaching and Research Staff (PDI) and Administration and Services Staff (PAS) with the ability to compete globally. That it responds to the needs of its environment: that it allows it to respond with more agility to what society and the job-generating sectors are demanding, without losing the quality or coherence of a university education. Quality research: to generate new quality knowledge in all areas of the university. Innovation and entrepreneurial culture: to transfer the results of research in collaboration with the business and professional sector, in order to improve the quality of life and social and economic development. Transfer of knowledge and culture: disseminate to encourage vocations and promote social awareness. Socially responsible: to develop university social responsibility as an instrument of social change, contributing to the development of a diverse, tolerant and cohesive society.

Vision: The University of Cantabria will become a fundamental asset for an intelligent development, putting in value the potentialities of the region and leading the change towards a growth pattern based on knowledge and innovation. All this will contribute to a sustainable social and economic development, transforming Cantabria into an internationally recognized "Region of Knowledge". A university with a quality education in line with social demand, aimed at the employability of its graduates and which attracts national and international students. A university with a research activity that responds to the demands of the environment and with criteria of scientific excellence that projects it internationally. A university with a close collaboration with the socio-economic environment that promotes transfer, entrepreneurship and innovation. A university committed to the social, educational and economic development of its region. A university that is sustainable from a social, environmental and economic point of view, and that provides solutions to social needs. A university in tune with the Action Plan for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDA). A university that adapts to change and makes internationalisation, the integration of technology into educational models and employability transversal elements of its new organisational culture. In short, a university in which the skills, competencies and motivations of the people who make up the university are the key to its future.

History: web.unican.es

Subordinate organizations:

  • Instituto de Biomedicina y Biotecnologia de Cantabria
  • Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria
  • Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistoricas de Cantabria
  • Unidad de Biomedicina


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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

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28IBEROAMERICAOECDSpain
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 547th312th309th109th483rd63rd
Arts and Humanities 436th239th234th58th398th31st
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 691st403rd391st108th614th87th
Business, Management and Accounting 489th225th223rd50th393rd29th
Chemistry 472nd224th216th60th397th55th
Computer Science 560th304th302nd70th459th49th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 364th201st199th49th296th27th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 444th230th231st43rd369th24th
Energy 481st246th246th72nd368th47th
Engineering 476th252nd248th65th379th49th
Environmental Science 363rd186th181st44th277th30th
Mathematics 535th307th310th71st437th46th
Medicine 682nd393rd384th129th632nd88th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 837th473rd480th195th738th108th
Physics and Astronomy 496th270th266th56th425th39th
Psychology 721st412th405th131st682nd71st
Social Sciences 533rd259th260th61st456th39th

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 visualizatión 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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