U-Multirank is the world’s largest multidimensional, user-driven ranking, for comparing universities from all around the globe based on what matters most to you.
What institutions are included in U-Multirank?
U-Multirank currently includes nearly 1,500 universities from 99 countries around the world. Around 56% of these institutions are from Europe, 19% from North America, 20% from Asia and 5% from Oceania, Latin America and Africa.
While traditional global rankings focus mainly on 400-500 of the world’s research universities (only about 2-3% of the world’s higher education institutions), U-Multirank covers a far broader range including small specialised colleges, art and music academies, technical universities, agricultural universities, universities of applied sciences as well as comprehensive research universities and others.
How many universities and faculties are included in the 2016 ranking?
The current total number of higher education institutions is 1,497 (1,302 in 2016). This covers more than 3,280 faculties and more than 10,500 study programmes in the subject areas of psychology, medicine, biology, chemistry, mathematics, history, sociology and social work/welfare and – new for 2017 – economics, chemical, civil and industrial engineering. Additionally, electrical and mechanical engineering, business studies, and computer science have been updated. This year 99 countries are featured.
For all 1,497 universities, U-Multirank includes bibliometric and patent data from publicly available databases. Some of these datasets are also used by other global university rankings. These performance measures (indicators) that use bibliometric data are based on a count of the scientific publications produced by the academic staff of a university and the number of times these are cited in other publications.
In addition to the publicly available sources, a large proportion of U-Multirank’s data cannot be found anywhere else.
What are bibliometric indicators?
Bibliometric indicators seek to measure the quantity and impact of scientific publications. They are based on a count of the scientific publications produced by the academic staff of a university and the number of times these are cited in other publications. The bibliometric analyses in U-Multirank are based on the Thomson Reuters database, an extensive verified database of academic publications.
U-Multirank partner CWTS (Centre for Science and Technology Studies) at Leiden University is responsible for generating the bibliometric data.
How does U-Multirank measure performance?
U-Multirank covers five ‘dimensions’ of performance: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. No one dimension is more or less important than any other. Each is relevant in different contexts and to different users. Often the user will want to define their own mixture of performance indicators across dimensions. This is at the heart of what makes U-Multirank a ‘multi-dimensional’ ranking and a unique comparison tool.
Performance in each dimension is assessed through a number of indicators, with universities ranked separately on each individual indicator. On each indicator, institutions are ranked into five groups ranging from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak).
Universities are measured for performance at an institutional level, but for many indicators – particularly those in teaching and learning – it would be misleading to measure them at anything other than the faculty level, ie. categorised by subject area (or disciplinary field).
How does U-Multirank showcase the performance of institutions?
Users can create their own personalised university ranking listing institutions that match their selection criteria according to the performance measures that they consider important to them. Depending on their choices, different universities will perform better than others. This is calculated according to the performance scores in each of the indicators they have selected.
The performance scores range from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak), based on an assessment of all universities. The more ‘A’s an institution gets in the indicators that matter to the user, the higher it be on the user’s ranking when they sort them that way. Alternatively, they can choose to display the list alphabetically, or even sort by an individual indicator.
This method allows users to see both the comparative strengths and weaknesses of any university.
Who is U-Multirank for?
U-Multirank is for students – whether looking for a place to study or to move elsewhere around the world – for their parents, teachers and advisers. It is for researchers in higher education institutions, for decision-makers in institutions (presidents, vice-chancellors, rectors, deans of institutions), for employers and businesses. It is also for governments, ministries and policy-maker and for the media.
Every aspect of U-Multirank was designed in close consultation with stakeholders representing these groups to ensure that it meets the diverse information needs of them all.
The unique web tool was designed to provide a user-friendly and interactive interface that can be used flexibly by all these diverse groups. The new mobile version of the web tool is aimed principally at student users, but remains supportive of the wide range of different information needs.
Why is U-Multirank important?
Prospective students, parents, universities and governments all around the world need higher education institutions that do well in different areas, to meet the needs of different students and to meet different labour market and research needs. Diversity is a key strength of the global higher education sector and we need mechanisms to protect that diversity while still measuring the different ways of performing well.
Traditionally, the available information on the performance of higher education institutions focused mainly on research-intensive universities, and so covered only a very small proportion of higher education institutions. Universities that wanted to be recognised internationally for their performance needed to conform to a narrow idea of quality.
When it was launched in 2014, U-Multirank changed the landscape. It draws on a wider range of analysis and information, covering far more diverse aspects of performance, to help students make informed study choices, to enable institutions to identify and develop their strengths, and to support policy-makers in their strategic choices on the reform of higher education systems.
A multi-dimensional ranking and information tool is the fair way to compare universities globally, measure differences in performance while reflecting contexts and protecting diversity. U-Multirank has proved that this principled, transparent and authentic approach is not only feasible, but also widely supported by education stakeholders.
Who is leading U-Multirank?
On the initiative of the European Commission, U-Multirank is developed and implemented by an independent consortium led by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE, www.che.de/) in Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS, www.utwente.nl/mb/cheps/) at the University of Twente and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS, www.cwts.nl) from Leiden University in The Netherlands.
The consortium is headed by Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of CHEPS and Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele of the CHE. Other partner organisations include the International Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation Management (INCENTIM) from KU Leuven, Elsevier, the Bertelsmann Foundation, student advice organisation Push and software firm Folge 3. The consortium also works closely with a range of national partners and stakeholder organisations. A full list of partners is provided on the U-Multirank website.