4 June, 2019

(EUROPE, 04. JUNE 2019) ‘Open border’ universities– according of the last U-Multirank results  –are more successful than universities with low international exchange in engaging and transferring knowledge to industry (39% higher share of publications together with industrial partners), in establishing spinoff companies (80% higher) and in patenting their ideas (2.5 times more), and their research shows higher outreach (36% higher number of top cited publications). Additionally, students of open border universities are more satisfied with their overall learning experience. These results, exclusive to U-Multirank were published today during its sixth annual release (www.umultirank.org), and assesses 1,711 universities.

Open border universities are charactarised by strong international ties, such as higher rates of foreign students, more international academic staff, higher rates of international doctorate degrees, and more international co-publications. In knowledge transfer, as measured by the number of spinoffs founded by these universities, Telecom ParisTech and Grenoble Ecole de Management are the top performing open border universities. Looking at joint publications with industrial partners, Luiss Guido Carli in Rome and the Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria are the leading open borders universities. The Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the Technical University of Denmark are top in patents awarded (size normalized). The two open border institutions with the highest percentage of top cited publications are The Rockefeller University in New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in the US; the best from Europe is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

U-Multirank’s latest results not only give insights on the effects of open borders, but make transparent the detailed performance of universities, so students can make better informed choices about what, or where to study based on what matters most to them. Universities could use U-Multirank data to assess their strengths and weaknesses and find ways to improve. This is made possible by providing users with the world’s largest customisable online rankings that not only focus on research, but the full diversity of the higher education system.

Conocimiento y Desarrollo (FCYD) in Spain are partners in the project. The consortium is headed by Professors Dr. Frans van Vught of Vuhold BV and Dr. Frank Ziegele of CHE.

Institutions that would like to participate in 2020 can express their interest online.

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