Universidade de Santiago de Compostela *University


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Foundation: 1495

Mission: The USC is a public university dedicated to the preservation, generation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in a socially responsible manner and in connection with the demands and challenges of Galician society. The University of Santiago de Compostela has a wide academic offer and a powerful research capacity, and has been valued for its excellence as one of the best universities in Spain and in the European Higher Education Area. The USC is a pioneering institution in the development of entrepreneurship policies, the promotion of R&D&I and the transfer and valorisation of the results of its research.

Vision: The University of Santiago de Compostela wants to be recognised as a prestigious university, academically solvent and with research excellence, at the service of the economic, social and cultural development of Galician society, exemplary in the management of its resources and participated democratically by the members of its community around a shared university project: A university that continues to stand out for its academic solvency with an attractive offer, capable of attracting the best students, and sustaining an innovative research activity, of excellence and connected with the demands of our environment in order to project itself as a university of international reference. A university firmly committed to society, in which it acts as an engine of economic development and social welfare, being a reference point for social cooperation, sustainable development, respect for the environment and the creation and dissemination of culture. An exemplary university in the transparent, effective, efficient and sustainable management of its resources; financially sound; integrating and collaborative, linking its different units in a shared university strategy. A university governed in a democratic and participative way around a common university project that puts students at its centre to provide quality scientific-technical and civic training and that takes care of the working conditions of its PDI and PAS in order to be able to have highly qualified and motivated staff.

History: www.usc.es

Subordinate organizations:

  • Unidad Asociada Departamento de Quimica Organica
  • Unidad Asociada Grupo de Microoptica y Optica


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Innovation percentile


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 505th282nd276th92nd442nd53rd
Arts and Humanities 304th143rd139th28th272nd17th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 661st378th365th92nd586th76th
Business, Management and Accounting 556th261st260th63rd444th36th
Chemistry 517th261st253rd79th438th68th
Computer Science 582nd325th323rd81st480th54th
Dentistry 263rd116th111th36th208th10th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 439th273rd272nd89th371st54th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 261st118th115th14th209th10th
Energy 486th251st251st76th373rd50th
Engineering 473rd249th245th62nd376th47th
Environmental Science 405th218th213th57th318th41st
Mathematics 436th223rd223rd31st340th24th
Medicine 641st354th345th99th591st71st
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 416th165th161st26th335th13th
Physics and Astronomy 552nd322nd320th81st481st58th
Psychology 477th232nd226th47th447th30th
Social Sciences 374th160th160th32nd319th19th
Veterinary 345th127th134th62nd274th23rd

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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