(13 May 2014) A new global university ranking, set up with EUR2 million in funding from the European Union, is launched today. U-Multirank, which assesses the performance of more than 850 higher education institutions worldwide, breaks new ground by producing multi-dimensional listings rating universities on a much wider range of factors than existing international rankings. The idea is to avoid simplistic league tables which can result in misleading comparisons between institutions of very different types or mask significant differences in quality between courses at the same university. Individual users will be able to build a personalised ranking based on their particular needs. This will allow them to obtain information on the universities or specific disciplines which most interest them and to choose criteria according to their own preferences.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth said: “This is a different kind of ranking, more comprehensive and detailed than those already out there. Universities are not measured in a league table from 1 to 100, but scored in a wide range of different areas, using 30 different indicators…The figures speak for themselves: more than 850 universities appear in the ranking; and more than 60,000 students responded to the U-Multirank survey. I am confident that even more universities will take part next year and registration for next year has already started; and that the student voice will continue to be heard.”
U-Multirank is here.