The European Union’s U-multirank, ranks UPF as ninth best European university

The European Union is to present its second edition of the U-multirank today, a multi-dimensional tool used to assess university activity, which was created in 2014 in a bid to move away from the existing “closed” university classification lists and rankings.

In this second edition, if we carry out a wide criteria search -EU universities which offer bachelors, masters and doctorates- without making any changes to the indicators included in the tool, out of a total of 582 universities, UPF comes in at 9th place in Europe, and first place out of Spanish universities. This score represents an improvement of six positions compared to last year’s results, which is particularly relevant given that the ranking has seen an increase in institutions to 1,200, both public and private (350 more than last year), from 82 countries worldwide.

This tool is different in that it allows the user to define which criteria their search is based on. So for example, users can select universities based on size (small, medium, large); type of courses offered (bachelor, master, doctorate); income allocated to research; location (filtered into continent, country or region), etc. Users can select up to 12 different indicators and the tool will automatically search only those universities which meet the criteria requested. Then the tool assesses the activity of the institutions chosen based on five different dimensions (teaching, research, transfer, international orientation, and regional involvement) and up to 31 indicators which can also be selected by the user.

Seven fields of study assessed through different types of comparison

The ranking shows global results but also results for a selection of subjects. New fields have been added to the subjects chosen for the first edition (business studies, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and physics), to also cover fields of psychology, computer science, and medicine.

The tool can additionally check results in three different ways. The “students” option allows you to locate a university according to the user’s preferences; the “compare” option allows you to compare two or more universities chosen (this option is used to make up figure 1), and finally the “at a glance” option allows you to see one university’s profile. Figure 2, which shows UPF’s results was obtained using this option.