The University of Port of Madrid has put forward a list of the best places to work and study in Spain, ahead of a debate on whether the country is the most attractive place to relocate for graduates.
The ranking was made in a report published by the National Association of Colleges and Universities, which looks at factors such as location, salary and employment conditions.
The list was published as part of a report that examines whether the Spanish education system is attracting the right talent and graduates.
It found that there is a large number of qualified professionals in the country, with the vast majority from the EU.
Its president, Pablo Echavarria, said that it was the first time the organisation had produced such a list, and it reflected the growing importance of the sector in Spain.
He said: ‘The number of graduates who are working in the Spanish public service is very high.
It is the biggest in the world, and there are hundreds of thousands of graduates working in Spanish public administration, in healthcare, in education.’
We are also the number one employer of people who study abroad.’
There is no doubt that Spain is the destination for most Spanish people who are going abroad.’
Mr Echabria said that the list reflected the importance of higher education in the economic, social and cultural life of Spain.
The report found that the number of students studying abroad increased by a significant 37 per cent between 2009 and 2020, from 1.8 million to 3.9 million.
It said that students from outside the EU and other countries in the Middle East and Africa were also becoming increasingly interested in studying in Spain and in the education sector, and that the sector was becoming a new hub for foreign students.
He added: ‘We have to make it a destination for the students, and this is what we are doing.’
Mr Gómez-Pérez, the president of the National Council of the Catalan Government, welcomed the publication of the report, saying that ‘Spain is a country that wants to attract the best and brightest.’
He said that universities were now a hub for international students, with universities and colleges from the United States, Canada, Britain, France and Italy all being part of the ranking.’
This is a great achievement for the university sector, which has had a very difficult time attracting the best talent from outside,’ he said.’
In the last 10 years, we have lost more than 100,000 foreign students, which was the biggest loss of the last 50 years.’
The sector has been transformed and has developed into an export industry.
We are very proud of this.’
I think that this report gives a good perspective on the Spanish sector and the impact that it is having on the country.’
Mr Rueda, the vice-president of the European Council on Foreign Relations, welcomed publication of such a prestigious ranking.
He told Al Jazeera: ‘It’s important for all of us to see the quality of the education in Spain as an important issue.
‘Spain has a lot of great opportunities to become a world leader in higher education.
There are good universities, excellent teaching environments and high quality research.’
But we must also look at the quality and the diversity of the Spanish system.’
It is an important point for Spain to become the destination of choice for students from the whole of the world.’