On Monday – the 2015 edition of the U-Multirank was published, following the first edition published in May 2014. While the 2014 edition featured 850 institutions, the 2015 version has expanded and now includes over 1200 institutions in 89 countries world wide. The press release highlighted that with 21,000 data scores on the institutional level and 37,000 on the field base level, U-Multirank is now the largest ranking of higher education institutions in the world.
Data is collected on 31 different indicators, and in addition to the options to compare institutions with similar other institutions, 17 ready made rankings are also provided, some of which (research and research linkages) also feature some of the “usual suspects” in the top, in particular when examining publications and citation rate.
However, some of the other indicators (i.e. economic involvement / regional dimension, or international orientation) show a very different set of top universities, and the usual US (and to some extent UK) dominance is challenged. For instance, University of Bergen is listed as number two in the international orientation ready made ranking, right behind Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. In addition to this, there are also subject based rankings on various fields, and for instance in the area of medical education, Bern University was ranked as to be on the top. In general, most of the ready-made rankings show a rather diverse picture of institutions and countries.
On occasion of the launch, the teams have launched a video with the joint project leaders Professor Frank Ziegele of the CHE and Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of CHEPS who explain the rationale, creation and function of U-Multirank.