UIB is the most specialized Spanish university in social sciences

UIB is the most specialized Spanish university in social sciences

The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) stands out for being the most specialized in social and legal sciences compared to all Spanish universities. This is one of the conclusions of the report entitled «Spanish universities. A regional perspective 2021 ”, made public this Wednesday by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CYD) and which includes a complete x-ray of university activity. Regarding the specialization of the members, the UIB stands out for being the fourth university of science but it also does so because it is among the five with the lowest rate of specialization in engineering and architecture, health sciences, arts and humanities. The Balearic Islands are the Spanish region with the highest female participation among its undergraduate and graduate students, although it is the autonomous community with the lowest number of students of typical university age and studying full-time, in percentage terms, and its university system is one of the three smallest of the Spanish regional ones face to face.

In addition, it is the region with the highest percentage of graduates in life sciences and the fourth in physical, chemical and geological sciences, as well as in computer science, it is among the bottom five in the fields of mathematics and statistics, engineering, architecture and construction. . . The Balearic Islands have the third highest percentage of women among graduates in the STEM fields, an acronym in English that is used to designate the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with 39.3%. Regarding the labor market, although the Balearic Islands have the sixth lowest percentage in Spain of university graduates among its population aged 25-64, it has been the one that has made the most progress in this proportion in the last decade (more than 12 points, compared to less than nine in Spain). The job market of graduates from the Balearic Islands was the most affected by the coronavirus crisis in 2019, being the region where the employment rate of these graduates decreased the most (about four points, double that of Spain) and where the unemployment rate has increased more (more than three points compared to the Spanish 1.5).

Graduates from Catalonia, the Basque Country and Navarre achieved, in this order, the highest employment rate in 2020, over 83.5%, while those from the Canary Islands and Andalusia had the higher unemployment, respectively 17.3% and 13.7%. The highest percentage of graduates among the population between 25 and 64 was recorded in 2020 in the Basque Country, Madrid and Navarre (over 48%), while the regions that increased this percentage the most in the last decade were the Balearic Islands, Asturias and Catalonia. As for the academic performance, the best rates are found in Navarre, Catalonia and the Valencian Community, regions where students exceed 88% of the credits they enroll in. According to the report, Extremadura, the Basque Country and Navarre are distinguished by the lowest early school leaving rate of less than 14.5%. By specialty, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura and La Rioja are the most specialized communities in the social and legal sciences; Cantabria, Asturias and Navarre in engineering and architectureand Andalusia, Asturias and Catalonia in art and humanity. In the health area, Murcia, the Valencian Community and Catalonia stand out; in science, La Rioja, Asturias and Extremadura, and Asturias, Basque Country and Catalonia in STEM (acronym for Science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As for foreign students, Navarre, Catalonia, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Valencian Community and Madrid, in that order, are the autonomous regions that record the highest percentages of the total number of students enrolled.

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