U-Multirank: A European multidimensional transparency tool in higher education

Donald F. Westerheijden, Gero Federkeil

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    This article by two members of the U-Multirank team dis- cusses rankings as transparency tools for higher educa- tion stakeholders. It shows briefly how early rankings met students’ and decision makers’ needs in a limited way. They have been focused almost exclusively on research publication data; in contrast, U-Multirank is multidimen- sional. It includes individual customisation through a web tool, different information at institutional and field levels, and, with a view to student users, a major international student satisfaction survey. In our final discussion of out- comes and results, we conclude that U-Multirank shows that there is not one ‘best’ university in the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationInternationalisation of Higher Education
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2018


    • University rankings
    • Performance indicators
    • n/a OA procedure
    • NLA


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