Until now, the performance comparison between universities mainly focussed on excellent research achievements. However, the new university ranking “U-Multirank” is to change this. In future, universities will be rated according to a broader range of factors, in five categories: reputation for research; quality of teaching and learning; international orientation; success in knowledge transfer; and contribution to regional growth. Universities have now been invited to register for the new ranking in the first half-year 2013. First results are expected for early 2014.
U-Multirank brings more transparency

This week, the new university ranking “U-Multirank” was presented within the scope of a conference of the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin. The European Commission and the competent Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou hope that the new university ranking will give future students in particular a better opportunity to inform themselves about individual universities. However, said Vassiliou, it will also enable universities to compare each other. Finally, it is also expected that the new ranking will benefit policy makers, as it will make the successful structuring of future higher education policy easier.

Independent consortium will compile ranking

An independent consortium has now been asked to compile the ranking. Due to the fact that the new system is based on measurable criteria and data, it will enable an objective assessment. Thanks to its multi-dimensional approach, it is suitable for any university, which wants to have a clear picture of its performance. Each user can compile her/his personal ranking based on her/his individual requirements: she/he obtains information on the institutions or disciplines, which most interests her/him and she/he is able to weight the criteria according to her/his own preferences.

Further information:

Press release of the EU Commission on U-Multirank