U-Multirank was developed by an independent consortium run by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) of the University of Twente and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of the University of Leiden. 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:
- data provided by institutions,
- data from international bibliometric and patent databases,
- questionnaires filled in by more than 85,000 students from participating universities.
The data presented relate to 31 indicators grouped according to the following areas: the quality of education, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and engagementat the regional level.
U-Multirank multidimensional approach is to compare the performance of universities through activities and to give 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 almost 1500 universities were presented, including 38 Polish universities. Lodz University of Technology participates in the institutional and field of study ranking of U-Multirank, (Computer Science run at the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering and Automation as well as Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering carried out by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).