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U-Multirank is an independent ranking of higher education institutions, funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The tool helps students in finding their best matching university, by comparing exclusive data of over 1.700 universities and colleges from 92 countries around the world. U-Multirank is developed and implemented by an independent consortium led by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), with the support of the European Commission. 

How U-Multirank works

The ranking compares universities according to the five dimensions of university activity:

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Research
  3. Knowledge-transfer
  4. International orientation
  5. Regional engagement

The U-Multirank web tool can be used to draw comparisons between different universities as well as between specific courses on the same subject. The tool also compares institutions with similar academic and research profiles to allows students to develop their own personalised rankings by selecting indicators they most care about when it comes to teaching and learning.

U-Multirank's approach to universities rankings

U-Multirank uses an innovative approach compared to the existing global rankings of universities. The tool it is multi-dimensional: this means that the ranking is not confined to research but takes into account key aspects relating to performance. Rather than giving a classic score, similar to global university rankings, the tool looks at the scores of universities based on individual indicators, and places these alongside 5 groups: from 'very good' to 'weak'. 

Ultimately, the focus of the tool is on users’ needs. U-Multirank provides information relevant for decision making by many different parties, that is: students, university administrators, policy-makers, academics, business leaders, and so on. And this purpose is facilitated by the ranking's interactive web tool, which helps users in drawing up their own results, by sorting universities alphabetically or sorting them based on the scores for a particular indicator.

Digital skills resource details

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Digital skills in education.
Digital technology / specialisation
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Generic programmes and qualifications not further defined
Education not further defined
Target language
Geographical sphere
International initiative

The approach is multi-dimensional and compares university performances in the different activities that they are engaged in. It takes into account different aspects and dimensions of the performance of universities: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement.

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