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The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank

The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
For its second edition in 2015, U-Multirank compared 1,200 higher education institutions from 83 countries, up from 850 schools in 2014. This European Union-funded tool presents itself as an alternative to traditional rankings. U-Multirank faced heavy criticism in its first year. One year later, opinions are still mixed. (...) - EducPros, by Marie-Anne Nourry, Translated by Nina Fink, 10/04/2015

 

 

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U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings

U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my perspective on U-MultiRank, following your publication of Janna Degener’s article, last week.  Back in 2012, the UK’s universities minister David Willets warned that the European Commission’s project to develop a new approach to global university rankings, U-MultiRank, risked being dismissed as a self-serving exercise. (...) - EuroScientist, by Sabine Louët, June 9th, 2014

 

 

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U-Multirank works to improve quality of indicators

U-Multirank works to improve quality of indicators | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The consortium running the European Commission-backed U-Multirank is working to ensure the quality and reliability of the indicators it will use to measure universities, University World News has been told in an exclusive interview.

Jordi Curell, director of higher education and international affairs in the commission’s directorate general for education and culture, said assessments were weakened by universities failing to monitor the professional success of their graduates. (...) - University World News, by

Carmen Paun, 11 May 2013 Issue No:271
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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?

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U-Multirank is launched, 500 universities expected to sign up

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A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world.(...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 01 February 2013, Issue No:257

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U-Multirank – A university ranking evaluation

The number of international university rankings continues to increase. They fulfil several roles. Students and their parents, potential employers and sponsors need to have some idea of the quality of the places where they spend time and money.

Government agencies and university administrators want to assess the results of expenditure of public funds. Rankings have also become an arena for competition among universities and states for prestige and resources. (...) - University World News, by Richard Holmes, 12 September 2014 Issue No:334

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U-Multirank passes university recruitment goal of 500

The new, European Commission-supported international university ranking U-Multirank announced last week that 540 higher education institutions had registered to participate, exceeding its goal of 500. Registration was “still open, but space is limited”.

The multi-dimensional ranking said in a statement last week that higher education institutions from more than 60 countries would be in the initial listing to be published for the first time in early 2014. (...) - University World News, 08 June 2013 Issue No:275

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Vassiliou appelle les universités françaises à se joindre au nouveau classement des universités - Vassiliou urges French universities to join U-Multirank

La commissaire européenne pour l'Education, la Culture, le Multilinguisme et la Jeunesse, Androulla Vassiliou, exhortera les institutions françaises d'enseignement supérieur de participer au classement des universités (U-Multirank), le nouveau système de classement des universités soutenu par l'UE, lors de sa visite à Paris les 18-19 mars. (...) - Commission Européenne Education & Formation, 15/03/2013

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Le classement U-Multirank fait débat

En marge de son lancement les 30 et 31 janvier dernier à Dublin, le futur classement européen des universités a essuyé quelques critiques de la part des acteurs européens de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. (...) -EducPros, Olivier Monod, le 04.02.2013

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