U-Multirank is a “multi-dimensional user driven” approach to global university ranking that provides comparative data on performance in teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement.
It is run by a consortium that includes the Centre for Higher Education, Germany, the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands, and Fundación CYD, Spain. It is supported by the European Commission, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and Banco Santander.
The new edition contains a Cooperation Index that shows that European institutions do better than others in this respect and that this has many positive effects.
U-Multirank does not provide an overall ranking and allows users to construct their own tables. The Research and Research Linkages Ranking is led by thirteen universities, of which seven are in the European Union and four in the UK. The Economic Engagement Ranking is headed by ETH Zurich followed by the University of Montreal and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
There are a number of lists of best performing universities in various countries. For example, the best performers are:
Australia; University of South Australia
China; University of Macau
Japan; University of Osaka
EU; Centrale Nantes
UK; University of Cambridge
US; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Poland; SGH Warsaw School of Economics
Turkey; Ozyegin University.