2 April 2017

The U-Multirank rankings are not conventional rankings that combine several indicators into a single score. Instead, they provide data that can be used to compare universities or to construct personalized rankings. U-Multirank compares university performance in five dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. There is some sort of data for 1,479 universities although in many cases it is incomplete and coverage is limited for some countries and regions. For bachelor degrees in mathematics, for example, information is available for 295 universities of which 184 are in Europe, including 23 in Germany and 22 in Spain, 54 in Asia, 37 in North America, 9 in Latin America, 8 in Africa and 3 in Oceania.

In addition, U-Multirank provides two readymade rankings, Research and research Linkages and Applied Knowledge Partnerships.

For Research and Research Linkages the top performersare Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rockefeller University in New York, both with five As and 2 Bs. Looking at specific indicators Rockefeller University is first for citations rate, field normalised research publications and top cited publications, Harvard for research publications, North Carolina State University for co-publications with industrial partners, the University of Liechtenstein for international joint publications and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology for regional engagement.

In the Applied Knowledge Partnerships ranking, the top scorers are Audencia Business School in France and the University of Duesto in Spain.

U-Multirank was developed with the encouragement of the European Commission by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente and the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. In addition, there are eleven partners and associate partners comprising higher education organizations and specialized groups of experts.


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