The University Carlos III of Madrid was created by Law of the Cortes Generales, of May 5, 1989, within the framework of the Law of University Reformation of 1983. From its inception it had the vocation of being an innovative public university, of reduced dimensions, of quality and with a priority orientation towards research. Its first Rector was Professor D. Gregorio Peces-Barba.
The mission of the Carlos III University of Madrid is to contribute to the improvement of society with quality teaching and advanced research in accordance with demanding international criteria. The university aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the best European universities.
The university will promote the development of the people that integrate it within the framework of the public service of higher education. Its activities will be guided by the values of merit, capacity, efficiency, transparency, equity, equality and respect for the environment.
Rankings and International Accreditations
The Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) is ranked 20th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking that includes the 50 best universities in the world with less than 50 years old. At the same time, it figures prominently in 10 of the 29 academic fields in which it has been evaluated, in the 2017 edition of the QS World University Ranking by Subject. It also ranks 41th for the employment rate of its graduates and ranks among the top 100 in the world (72nd place) in alliances with companies according to the QS Graduate Employability Ranking published in December 2015.
Carlos III University of Madrid is present in the 2016 edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50, which includes the 150 best universities in the world with less than 50 years. Only 10 Spanish universities are included in this ranking.
In addition, UC3M ranks third in Spain in productivity according to the U-Ranking 2016, prepared by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie) and which analyzes the performance of 61 public and private universities.
The academic offer of the UC3M, diversified in three cycles (degree, masters and doctorate), consists of the following programs:
- 30 degree programs (15 in Social and Legal Sciences, 1 in Humanities, 13 in Engineering and 1 in the University Center of the Civil Guard) and 11 double degrees.
- 66 official master's degree programs (19 in Law, 12 in Economics and Business, 12 in Humanities, Communication, Documentation and Social Sciences and 23 in Engineering and Basic Sciences), in addition to 42 own programs.
- 19 doctoral programs, in the different research areas existing in the university.
Wide range of degrees in English
- More than half of the degree programs offered can be taken only in English, with an option in English or with a bilingual option.
Source: Degree Service of the UC3M. Academic offer 2015-16.
- More than 30% of master's degree programs are taught in English or in bilingual.
Source: Postgraduate Center of UC3M. Academic offer 2016-2017.
The UC3M has 19,872 students, a figure similar to that of some of the major European universities such as Paris II, Uppsala, Maastricht, Tilburg, Cambridge and Oxford (universities with a number of students between 14,000 and 22,000).
Some facts about our students:
- Undergraduate students: 43.6% are women and 56.4% are men.
- 25% of students have scholarships from the Ministry of Education, the Community of Madrid or one of the UC3M's own programs.
Sources: Economic and Management Report 2015 of the UC3M, approved by the Governing Council and the Social Council of June 30, 2016 and official websites of the aforementioned universities.
In more than half of the degree programs, the students of the UC3M have obtained the highest admission mark of the Madrid universities.
- The average grade of students admitted to all undergraduate programs at UC3M was 10,850, out of a maximum of 14 points. The cut grade has risen in 70% of the UC3M degrees.
- UC3M has covered 99.5% of its places in June. In addition, the demand for places has also grown. For every 100 offered, 163 applications have been received.
Source: Degree Service of the UC3M based on data from the Community of Madrid, referring to the 2016-17 academic year.
- The UC3M has 20% of foreign students. This proportion is especially relevant in the master's degree (22%) and doctoral studies (44%).
Source: International Relations Service on data from the Economic and Management Report 2015 of the UC3M, approved by the Governing Council and Social Council of June 30, 2016.
- The UC3M is one of the first universities in Spain and Europe in the number of students participating in the European Erasmus + mobility program.
Source: Report prepared for the Social Council of the UC3M based on data from the European Commission and Eurostat for the 2010-11 academic year.
- 32% of graduates at UC3M have participated in international European mobility programs (Erasmus).
- 15% of graduates at UC3M have participated in non-European mobility programs.
Source: Corporate Data Management Unit of UC3M, on 08-30-2016.
Professional insertion of its graduates and satisfaction with UC3M
- 91.4% of UC3M graduates entered the labor market in the first year after graduation.
- 84.5% of its graduates obtained work experience during the career, mostly in internship programs in companies (80%).
- 90.4% of the graduates would choose UC3M again to carry out their studies.
Source: XX Study of Professional Insertion of the Graduates of the Carlos III University of Madrid. 2014 Promotion. Prepared by UC3M in collaboration with Accenture. Published in February 2016.
The UC3M has 2,000 teachers and researchers.
- 12% of teachers are foreigners
Source: 2015 Economic and Management Report of the UC3M, approved by the Governing Council and Social Council of June 30, 2016.
- More than 81% of the teaching and research staff is under 50 years old and their average age is 42 years. UC3M is, by the age of its professors, the second youngest public university in Spain.
Source: CyD Foundation. Report on Spanish universities, a regional perspective 2014.
The university has launched measures to support research to achieve effective equality between men and women through the agreement of the Governing Council of July 12, 2007.
The UC3M promotes the continuous training of its teaching staff and encourages teaching innovation. In recent years it has launched numerous MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on prestigious international platforms such as edX and miriadaX. It also uses this methodology to improve the quality of classroom teaching through the SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) along with many other innovative initiatives.
The teachers have the support of the UTEID (Unit of Educational Technology and Teaching Innovation) for the development of their projects.
- UC3M is the third university in Spain in productivity and research in the U-Ranking.
Source: Ranking ISSUE 2016 of the U-Ranking project, developed by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (Ivie).
- UC3M is among the best universities in Spain in terms of competitiveness due to the number of projects obtained in the Framework Programs of the European Union. It is also one of the Spanish universities with more national research projects in relation to its number of researchers.
Source: IUNE Observatory of research activity at the Spanish University 2014.
- The UC3M ranks first among Spanish universities in the number of sexennials obtained in the year for every 100 professors.
Source: IUNE Observatory of research activity at the Spanish University 2013.
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