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Times Higher Education Impact University Ranking

The Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking is the only global performance ranking that assesses universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2021 ranking includes more than 1,200 universities from 98 countries on five continents. The University of Deusto is ranked among the world’s 100 best universities and 10th in Spain.

The ranking especially valued the University of Deusto’s contribution to making cities more inclusive and sustainable (SDG 11), highlighting its support to culture, heritage and traditions. Likewise, the ranking has placed the University of Deusto among the world's top 100 universities for its promotion of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), highlighting its commitment to quality education, employment, entrepreneurship and relations with local economic and social actors.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking provides a ranking of the best universities worldwide. This prestigious international ranking uses 13 indicators in five areas: Teaching, Research, Citations, International and Industry Income.

In the latest ranking, published in September 2021, 1,662 universities from 99 countries participated. The University of Deusto is placed in the 601-800 range. Taking into account the total number of universities worldwide- more than 20,000 - the ranking places the University of Deusto among the world’s top 3% of best universities.

In the classification by area, the University of Deusto stands out especially in the Citations (ranked 637th worldwide) and International (ranked 703rd in the world total) areas.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject

According to the prestigious World University Ranking prepared by Times Higher Education, which evaluates the quality of university institutions at an international level, Deusto is placed in leading positions in the fields of Education and Business and Economics within its world ranking by subject.

This ranking includes the world’s 597 best universities in the field of Education, a list in which Deusto is placed in the 201-250 range, ranking 3rd Spanish university. Likewise, in the field of Business and Economics, Deusto is the 6th best university in Spain.
The ranking uses 13 indicators to measure five university dimensions: teaching, research, citations of publications, international presence and industry income.

Times Higher Education European Teaching Ranking

It is the world's first international university ranking covering institutions across Europe, which puts students’ needs at the forefront, focusing entirely on teaching and learning, teaching excellence and student success. The ranking uses a balanced scorecard approach, composed of 14 individual performance indicators that are combined to create an overall score to show the overall strength of an institution. These high performance indicators are grouped into four areas: Commitment, Resources, Results and Environment.

The ranking examines a number of key issues such as student engagement in their studies, interaction with lecturers, opportunities to develop skills and views on the quality of the institution's services.

In the 2019 ranking, 258 European institutions from 18 countries participated. The University of Deusto was ranked 126-150th in the overall ranking.

In the classification by areas, the University of Deusto stood out in the area of Commitment. The UD is ranked 25th out of 258 universities in the overall European ranking in this area. Aspects such as commitment to teaching, student learning and student satisfaction with factors such as quality of training, learning resources, skills development, quality of teaching and links to the labour market were analysed, among others.

Global Teaching Excellence Award 2018 (GTEA)

It is the world's first award to recognise excellence in teaching and learning at universities.

Over 300 universities from 41 countries worldwide took part in the 2018 ranking. The University of Deusto was listed in the world’s top 6 universities for teaching excellence. Furthermore, the University of Deusto has received one of the six international awards for teaching excellence, in recognition of the soundness and innovative nature of its education model and its success in developing students' independence and critical thinking.

U-Multirank Ranking

It is the world’s leading university ranking elaborated by the European Commission. U-Multirank contains information on 1900 higher education institutions from 97 countries. It analyses universities in five aspects: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and contribution to regional development.

In the 2021 ranking, the University of Deusto obtained a total of 10 "very good" indicators out of 36 indicators, and 6 "good" indicators at an Institutional level. The indicators with the maximum "very good" rating were: external research income, open access publications, income from private sources, income from continuing education, student mobility, Master’s graduates working in the region, income from regional sources and regional publications with industrial partners.

Deusto stands out especially in the areas of contribution to regional development - with 100% of very good and good indicators - and international orientation, where it stands out in the international student mobility and degrees with foreign language indicators.

CyD Ranking

The Ranking C y D, elaborated by the Knowledge and Development Foundation, is the largest ranking of Spanish universities, and lists the results of 77 universities, 27 areas of knowledge and 2,998 degree programmes. It is a multidimensional ranking that groups 37 indicators around 5 dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and contribution to regional development.

In the 2021 ranking, the University of Deusto obtained 21 high performance indicators out of 37, with an outstanding performance in areas such as international orientation. Deusto presents its best results in the dimensions of teaching/learning -where it has obtained 7 high performance indicators out of 9, international orientation -5 high performance indicators out of 7- and contribution to regional development.
In this eighth year of the CyD ranking, the University has participated in the fields of Psychology and Social Work, improving the number of excellence indicators in both cases. In fact, Deusto is ranked among the 4 best in Spain and is the leading Basque university the field of Social Work studies.


The U-Raking, developed in collaboration with the BBVA Foundation and the Valencia Institute of Economic Research (IVIE), is a key component of a programme shared by the two institutions to record and analyse the role of knowledge in social and economic development. Based on Spanish University System Synthetic Indicators, the ranking provides comparative information and lists universities both by their output and productivity, in general and in the fields of Teaching, and Research and Innovation. In this year’s 2021 ranking, U-Ranking has included 72 universities.

The results obtained by the University of Deusto in this year’s ranking were as follows: 3rd place in the overall ranking, 2nd place in teaching and 3rd place in research and innovation.

2nd Educational Innovation Ranking

This ranking, published by El Economista, analyses more than 100 educational institutions in Latin America to study the digitisation of these institutions and their capacity to adapt to this new reality and launches its "Top 50" on educational innovation in Latin America. The University of Deusto is ranked 9th among the best digital and innovative universities in Latin America.

The evaluated indicators are based on aspects such as: the innovation applied by universities to their methodology, the use of cutting-edge learning tools, a curriculum focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution, faculty that combines academics with experts who know the business reality, internationalisation of the institution, the importance of the educational experience and students’ networking capacity.

El Economista has also selected 10 Master's degrees that, thanks to their methodology and syllabus, are best suited to the 4th Industrial Revolution. These include the Master's Degree School Administration at the University of Deusto.

Eduniversal Ranking

Eduniversal conducts two global classifications. On the one hand, the ranking of the top 1,000 business schools in 154 countries from 9 geographic areas (;) and on the other, the ranking of the top 5500 Master’s and MBA programmes in 50 fields of study in 154 countries from 9 geographical areas ( ). This ranking was created under the supervision of the International Scientific Committee, formed by 9 independent expert members.

In the latest 2020 ranking of the best 1000 Business Schools, Deusto Business School was placed in the 4 Palms of Excellence category - Top Business School with international influence.

Likewise, in the 2021 ranking of the best 5500 Masters and MBAs, Deusto Business School was listed with the following Master’s programmes:

  • Ranked 32nd with the Master’s in Competitiveness and Innovation in the area of "Innovation and Project Management" in the geographical area of Western Europe.
  • 36th place with the Master RegHealth - Sustainable Regional Health Systems in the field of "Health Management". This is a master's degree from Vilnius University in Lithuania, in collaboration with the University of Deusto, Corvinus University in Budapest and Degli Studi University in Verona.
  • Ranked 47th with a Master's degree in Human Resources in the area of Human Resources Management in the geographical area of Western Europe.
  • Ranked 74th with a Master's degree in International Business in the field of International Management in the geographical area of Western Europe.
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Ranking "Report on labour market insertion and determinants of employability: university education vs. environment"

This is a report prepared by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE) in 2018. The study analyses, based on the INE's graduate labour market outcomes survey (EILU, 2016), four groups of variables that determine the labour market outcomes of graduates: training received, personal characteristics, job search methods and the influence of the environment.
In this report, the University of Deusto is recognised as the 4th most active university in employability among the 63 universities evaluated in Spain and the 1st in the Basque Autonomous Community.

Everis Foundation Industry-University Ranking

This ranking aims to provide objective information on the link between society and university, above all in the field of employment and economic progress. It identifies the 10 best Spanish higher education institutes (public and private), based on employers’ opinions of how students' competences meet the needs of the world of business. The study collects the opinions of recruitment managers from 3,545 companies across Spain (this does not include the public sector or firms with fewer than 10 employees). The evaluation is based on 17,769 graduates of 99 different degree programmes hired by Spanish companies. Postgraduate and PhD studies are not included and these programmes are taught by 79 universities.

The University of Deusto’s Business Administration degree ranked first in Spain in the 2017 ranking for adaptation of student competences to business’s needs.

The general area of Business Administration, Economics and Law taught at the University of Deusto ranked 3rd in Spain

El Mundo Ranking

"250 Master's Degrees and Full MBA Guide": This guide lists the 250 best Master's programmes in Spain in 50 specialist diplomas and highlights the 5 best universities to study them. In addition, as a complement to this guide, a full guide with a selection of MBAs from some of the most prestigious business schools in Spain is also available.

The University of Deusto was listed in this classification with 5 of its Master's programmes in the 2021 ranking.

  • Ranked 1st with the Master's Degree in International Humanitarian Action
  • Ranked 3rd with the following Masters:
    • Master's degree in Accounts Auditing
    • Master's degree in Intervention in Cases of Violence against Women
  • Ranked 5th with the following Master's degrees:
    • Master's degree in European Business Management
    • Master’s degree in Tax Consultancy

In addition, Deusto Business School is featured in the full MBA guide, which includes a selection of the 11 most prestigious business schools and universities in Spain.

Transparency and good university governance. Transparency exam

The Commitment and Transparency Foundation releases a yearly University Transparency and Good Governance Report. Transparency exam. This report aims to measure the degree to which universities give information about their main activities and results on the Internet.

In the latest report published in 2020, in reference to the transparency review carried out in 2019, the University of Deusto had a total of 37 transparency points out of a total of 24 indicators.

AACSB Accreditation

Deusto Business School has earned the prestigious international accreditation AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an international body that recognises the best business schools worldwide. Only 6% of the world's business schools have received this "seal" that accredits quality and excellence in executive education. Founded in 1916, the AACSB is the world's oldest business school accreditation body.

With this recognition, Deusto Business School has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development and student learning.

AMBA Accreditation

Deusto Business School has obtained the AMBA international accreditation and is positioned among the top 2% of business schools worldwide. This seal of quality was obtained in November 2021, in addition to the prestigious AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation achieved in April 2021.

With this recognition, Deusto Business School is placed at the top level of postgraduate business education. The accreditation places special emphasis on the quality of its Executive MBA, which meets the highest international standards of excellence. The transformative experience of Deusto Business School's Executive MBA students has been especially valued by the accreditation committee.

Shanghai Ranking

The Shanghai ranking that evaluates specific academic fields places the University of Deusto among the world’s 400 best in the "Business Administration" category, which means that it is in the top 3% of Business Schools worldwide. This is the first time that the university has been included in this prestigious ranking, which enjoys great recognition in the university world and is one of the most influential when it comes to assessing the international outreach of various academic institutions.
The Shanghai Ranking evaluates 54 areas of knowledge or subjects arranged in 5 blocks: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences. In the Social Sciences block, specifically in "Business Administration", Deusto is ranked 301-400 out of a total of 400 universities evaluated (in this field) at a global level. With regard to its position at a national level, Deusto is ranked in 6th place among the 12 Spanish universities in this field.

The indicators measured in the ranking are primarily research indicators (research output, research influence-citations, international collaborative publications, publications in the Top Influential Journals and international academic awards). Of the 5 total indicators measured by the ranking, Deusto Business School is very well positioned in two of them, at the level of the best business schools in: citations (3rd place among the 12 Spanish universities on the list) and publications in international collaboration (4th place).

These results demonstrate, once again, how Deusto Business School is improving its international standards on a daily basis, also in terms of research and impact publications.


Forbes, in its publication "Master's, MBA, Executive Programme? Tell me your experience and I will tell you which of these 30 programmes is for you" has selected the most outstanding postgraduate programmes of Spanish business schools according to four professional groups: recent graduates and young professionals, MBA, Executives and Senior Management. In the classification of recent graduates and young professionals, Deusto Business School stands out with the University Master's Degree in European & International Business Management (EIBM) in the educational offer category, for its quality of teaching, social impact and career prospects/employability.

100% of the students who take this master's degree from Deusto Business School do an internship at the end of their studies. In terms of students who achieve employment contracts in companies after the programme, the employability rate (in the last graduating class) reached over 90%. On the other hand, the master's degree has a marked international character, with 70% of the lecturers and 62% of participants being international.

In the MBA ranking, Deusto Business School stands out in the educational offer and teaching quality category (with 72% of the teaching staff being PhDs in the programme).

With more than 100 years of history, the School is committed to excellence, in addition to the ethical commitment present in its programmes. Regarding students’ learning experience, more than 80% of the lecturers in the programme receive an excellent rating (5 out of 5). In terms of social impact, Deusto maintains close collaboration with local economic and social actors, and with national and international institutions; they are members of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education).

El Confidencial report "Universities and Law Firms 2021"

The University of Deusto is among the institutions preferred by large law firms to select their future lawyers, according to the first report published by El Confidencial, which identifies the universities and business schools preferred by large firms to attract talent. Deusto Law School is ranked 4th in the ranking of universities where trainee lawyers of the 15 best law firms have studied their degree.

The report "Universities and Law Firms 2021" published by El Confidencial, which includes 55 universities and business schools, aims to become a tool to connect firms, universities and future lawyers. This study analyses, for the first time in Spain, the university centres in which large law firms look for future lawyers.

To carry it out, the 15 leading firms by turnover have provided data from the universities where the professionals who are starting (or have started) their internships prior to entering the labour market this year have studied their bachelor's and master's degrees.