09 June 2018
U-Multirank is a multidimensional global university ranking that includes metrics on teaching, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation, regional engagement, and social impact. It is produced by a consortium of organisations including the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, Netherlands, and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, Netherlands.
Currently it has data on 1,614 universities in 95 countries and presents national rankings for 18 countries and readymade rankings for 21 subjects.
it does not combine indicators into a single composite score but offers users the opportunity to compare institutions according to selected criteria or to create their own rankings. Universities are given grades ranging from A (very good )to E (weak). For example, a search for biology courses at bachelor level in Germany reveals 29 universities headed by FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg which has an A for academic staff with doctorates, Bs for number of research publications, student-staff ratio and citation rate, and a C for overall learning experience, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology which has an A for research publications, Bs for academic staff with doctorates, overall learning experience, and citation rate, and a C for student staff ratio.
This year there are also lists of the top 25 universities for various indicators. European universities hold 56% of the top 25 scores, Asia 21.7% and North America 18.6%. European universities perform best for student mobility and the US for top cited publications.
In addition, there are six readymade global rankings. At the top of the Research and Research Linkages ranking there are ten universities with a full set of A grades:
- University of Amsterdam
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Karolinska Institutet
- King’s College London
- University College London
- LMU Munich
- Université Paris-Sud
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie
- University of Zurich.