U-Multirank releases second global university rankings

This ranking presents information on more than 1,200 higher education institutions from 83 countries, up from 850 just one year ago.  It provides users with data across five dimensions: teaching & learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement, for seven fields of study: electrical and mechanical engineering, business studies, physics and (new this year) psychology, computer science, and medicine.

Universities are ranked in five categories (from A = very good to E = weak).  With this approach, U-Multirank enables an institution to show its specific performance strengths, and avoids one-dimensional league-table comparisons.  The results show that there is a large diversity of high-level performance by many universities in the world;  92% of the institutions achieved an A score on at least one of the 31 indicators, and 43% achieved more than 5 A scores.  Just 12% show a broad range of very good performance (10 or more A scores), and U-Multirank shows that these have very different performance profiles.  43 of the institutions in the rankings do not appear in the other three major global rankings (ARWU, QS and THE).

Because U-Multirank presents data on 31 different indicators, it shows that Harvard and MIT are the top performers when it comes to the highest numbers of publications and patents.  But looking more closely, it reveals that Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany has the highest percentage of co-publications with industry (showing the intensity of its co-operation with companies), and that the highest levels of student mobility are to be found in business schools like IESEG School of Management Lille in France.

Welcoming the new results, Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, said “High-performing universities are crucial for Europe's return to economic growth, for educating young people to face the future with confidence and for injecting knowledge and innovation into our societies. I am very pleased that with the seed-funding for U-Multirank from the Erasmus+ programme, the EU is helping to bring new transparency to how universities perform so students can make well-informed study choices and universities can build on their strengths.”

The third U-Multirank rankings will be released in March 2016.  Institutions that would like to participate can express their interest on the U-Multirank website.  Relatively few UK universities have appeared in the rankings to date, with just 12 shown as having participated in the survey, with publicly available bibliometric and patent data used for a further 36 .

From the specific focus of interest of Spinouts UK, the leading institutions against the ‘spin-offs’ indicator in the rankings are:

  • IESEG School of Management Lille, France
  • WHU School of Management, Germany
  • Brandenburg University of Applied Science, Germany
  • Cracow University of Economics, Poland
  • Audencia School of Management, France

Posted on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

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