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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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LERU launches statements on Open Access and Open data

LERU launches statements on Open Access and Open data | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has launched two statements on the importance of Open Scholarship: ‘Open Access to Research Publications’ and ‘Open Research Data’.



Download the LERU statement on Open Access to Research Publications


Download the LERU statement on Open Research Data

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