What is U-Multirank?
U-Multirank is a European ranking system whose basic aim is to provide transparency about the diversity of higher education institutions. Compared to other global rankings, U-Multirank provides information on a wide range of higher education institutions and enables the user to identify and compare institutions with similar profiles and missions.
The system looks at five dimensions: teaching & learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. It combines institutional ranking (comparing whole institutions) and field-based rankings, based on individual disciplines. In contrast to other rankings, U-Multirank is user-driven: it leaves the decision on the relevance of individual indicators to users.
U-Multirank allows institutions to be assessed on a range of individual performance measures, with the performance groupings per measure ranging from “A” (very good) to “E” (weak). U-Multirank does not produce composite scores because there is no sound methodological justification for “adding up” the scores on diverse individual measures, or for weighting them to produce a single composite score as used in league tables. Therefore, it allows transparent comparisons and not an over-simplified league table. Based on empirical data, U-Multirank compares institutions with similar institutional profiles and allows users to develop personalized rankings by selecting performance measures/indicators in terms of their own preferences.
For more information about the U-Multirank system, please visit the website http://www.umultirank.org/
Other Key concepts
Ranking is a system whereby listings are produced which compare entire institutions, organisational performance, specific programmes or departments. Various ranking systems consider combinations of measures of wealth, research excellence and/or influence, selectivity, student options, eventual success, demographics, and other criteria. Some rankings evaluate institutions - whether they are national, regional, or global in scope - with the aim of providing information regarding their ability or achievement.
Benchmarking is an organisational process, which may be conducted either internally or externally, which aims to improve an organisation’s performance through learning about possible improvements of its primary and/or support processes by looking at these processes in other, better-performing organisations.