U-Multirank was developed by an independent consortium run by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of the University of Twente, the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of the Leiden University, Fundacion CYD and Folge 3. It is the first global ranking to give a full picture of the diversity of university functioning. U-Multirank data are collected from a variety of sources and provide users with a comprehensive set of information based on: self-reported data provided by institutions, data from international bibliometric and patent databases, questionnaires filled in by more than 85,000 students from participating universities (student survey). The data presented relate to 31 indicators grouped according to the following areas: (1) teaching and learning, (2) research, (3) knowledge transfer, (4) international orientation and (5) regional engagement.
U-Multirank presents a multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. It compares the performance of universities in five different dimensions of activity and gives them grades ranging from A (very good) to E (poor). The ranking does not produce a table of the best universities in the world based on cumulative performance. U-Multirank shows that the concept of 'best university in the world' depends on what people are looking for and leaves it to its users to decide on the usefulness of the different indicators. It allows the interested parties to create rankings according to criteria that they themselves consider the most important. This allows them to find the university that best suits their needs.
U-Multirank provides information on institutions with different specificities and missions. It includes institutions with different profiles: universities of applied sciences, regional universities, music academies, etc. As a result, U-Multirank includes more than 300 institutions that have never before been included in world rankings, and many of them achieve very good results for some indicators. In its last edition, data concerning 1,786 HEIs from 92 countries were presented, including 37 Polish universities.