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Logo U-Multirank is an initiative of the European Commission, funded by the Erasmus+ programme and developed by a consortium led by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente and the Center for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden, both in the Netherlands. Since the 2018 edition, the financial contributions of two new sponsors, the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany and the Santander Group in Spain, have been incorporated, which also participate in the new governance model.

The CYD Foundation collaborates in the collection of data from the state university system and takes advantage of part of the indicators for the subsequent creation of its own ranking, centred exclusively on these institutions. In addition to the analysis of the set of institutions, U-Multirank offers additional information focused on a series of thematic areas, which are expanding year after year.

U-Multirank offers a multidimensional view of institutions through a system of indicators grouped into five major areas: Teaching and Learning, Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Orientation and Commitment to the Territory.

With respect to sources, a large amount of information is requested directly from institutions or is obtained from the SIIU (Integrated University Information System of the MECD), in the case of state institutions. When it comes to bibliometric indicators, the sources are the databases of Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science, etc.

Bibliometric data Provider:: Web of Science - Clarivate Analytics

Last update: 03-07-2019 | SAP

Access to page of ranking: U-Multirank

EDITION No. of institutions classified Countries
6th edition 2019 1.711 96
5th edition 2018 1.614 95
4th edition 2017 1.497 99
3rd edition 2016 1.300 90
2nd edition 2015 1.113 83
1st edition 2014 863 70

The web tool U-Multirank allows two levels of comparison:

A)    At an institutional level (university in its whole)
B)    At a level of thematic areas of study, which are currently:

  •  Business studies
  •  Biology
  •  Chemistry
  •  Dentistry
  •  Education
  •  History
  •  Mathematics
  •  Medicine
  •  Nursing
  •  Pharmacy / Pharmacology
  •  Physics
  •  Political Science
  •  Psychology
  •  Social Work
  •  Sociology
  •  Economics
  •  Computer science and engineering
  •  Mechanical engineering
  •  Electrical engineering
  •  Chemical engineering
  •  Industrial engineering/production
  •  Civil engineering

U-Multirank aims at presenting an approach oriented to satisfying the needs of different profiles of users: university students, managing staff from the Administration, legislators, academic staff, entrepreneur, etc. To do so, we have implemented a web-tool which allows designing and elaborating a customized classification for several users depending on their preferences and interests.

Ranking criteria

Differently to what occurs in other international rankings, in U-Multirank does not carry out a classification based on a weighted combination of indicators which measure different dimensions, using the results to elaborate an organised chart:  TOP100, TOP500...

On the contrary, the methodology used by U-Multirank centres around comparing university performances through five dimensions.  Each of this dimensions is represented by a group of indicators, where all indicators weigh equally.

The score obtained within each indicator, is translated into the university’s position and is valued and visualized in two different ways:

  • a Likert scale (from A “very well” to E “weak”)
  • a circle gradation, in a descending order.

The five activity dimensions of the university previously mentioned are: (1) Research; (2) Knowledge transfer; (3) Teaching and Learning; (4) International Orientation and (5) Regional engagement.  

The following table indicates the indicators which were used:

1. Research
  • Citation rate  
  • Research publications (whole numbers)
  • Research publications (standard numbers)
  • External Research Income
  • Academic production in relation to Art
  • Most-cited publications
  • Cross-disciplinary publications
  • Contracted post-doctorates
  • Research guidance in teaching
  • Doctorate productivity
2. Knowledge transfer
  • Co-publications with industrial partners
  • Incomes from private sources
  • Granted patents (whole numbers)  
  • Granted patents (standard size)
  • Co-patents with the Industry
  • Spin-offs
  • Publications cited in patents
  • Income from ongoing training
3. Teaching and Learning
  • Degree title fees
  • Master’s Degree title fees
  • Graduated in time (Undergraduate Degree)
  • Graduated in time (Master’s Degree)?
  • Student-staff ratio
  • Doctorate Teaching and Research Staff (PDI)
  • Degree titles in time fees
  • Master’s Degree in time title fees
  • Work Placements (Undergraduate Degree)
  • Work Placements (Master’s Degrees)
  • Unemployment relative rate of undergraduates  
  • Unemployment relative rate of master’s degree holders

3. Ensenyament i aprenentatge

     (survey to students)

  • Overall experience from learning (survey)
  • Quality of teaching and courses (survey)
  • Programme organisation (survey)
  • Working inclusion/practical experience (survey)
  • Evaluation of the relationship with the teacher (survey)
  • Quality of the library facilities (survey)
  • Quality of the available laboratories (survey)
  • Quality of computer services (survey)
  • Quality of conference and seminar rooms (survey)
4. Internacional Orientation
  • Degree programmes in foreign languages
  • Master’s Degree programmes in foreign languages
  • Student mobility
  • International guidance of Degree programmes
  • international guidance of Master’s Degree programmes
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • International Academic Staff
  • International Doctorates
  • Joint international publications
  • International research grants
5. Regional engagement
  • Undergraduates who work in the region
  • Master’s Degree holders who work in the region
  • Trainee students within the region
  • Joint regional publications
  • Degree Final Project with regional organisations
  • Master’s Degree Final Project with regional organisations
  • Regional Income

U-Multirank does not offer a unique position for each university, reason why we facilitate a link to the web tool in order to access and fix the filters and order criteria which may be deemed appropriate.  

This link shows the explanation of the graphic

SAP- 4 May, 2017

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