Barcelona is home to Spain’s best universities – according to the US News and World Report rankings – the University of Barcelona coming top, followed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
The rest of Spain’s top five are the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Valencia and the Pompeu Fabra University – again in Barcelona.
The University of Granada came in seventh place, with the University of Sevilla coming in 12th.
All of the top 10 global universities are in the US or the UK. Harvard University took the number one spot, while Oxford came fifth and Cambridge came sixth.
Factors taken into account in the rankings include the university’s global and regional reputation, its academic research performance and data on faculty and PhD graduates.