university ranking system

A new global university ranking system launched this week gives Third Level institutions in Ireland high grades in a range of different areas.

Five criteria, not including research excellence, are taken into account by this new online tool:

  • Research performance
  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • International orientation
  • Ruccess in knowledge transfer and
  • Regional involvement

The scheme received €2 million in funding from the European Union and is dubbed  U-Multirank. It aims to give a more practical assessment of third level institutions than existing international league tables.

The U-Multirank website went live yesterday. It compares a college or university’s performance across the range of different activities, grading them from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak). It also allows users to compare particular sorts of universities (“like with like”) in the areas of performance of interest to them.


All Irish institutions taking part received at least one ‘A’ grade.

Dublin City University (DCU) scored 9 ‘As’ overall in: ‘external research’, ‘income from private sources’, ‘patents awarded’, ‘publications cited in patents’, ‘student mobility’,  and ‘international joint publications’, with three of the As for regional engagemnent (‘bachelor graduates working in the region’, ‘regional joint publications’ and ‘income from regional sources’)

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) gets 5 ‘As’ for ‘citation rate’,‘research publications’  ‘patents awarded’, ‘publications cited in patents’ and ‘international joint publications’.

Cork Institute of Technology was given 4 ‘As’ in: ‘bachelor graduation rate’, ‘graduating on time’ and ‘co-publications with industrial partners’ and ‘publications cited in patents’.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology got 3 ‘As’ in ‘international joint publications’, ‘bachelor graduates working in the region’ and ‘regional joint publications’.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) scored 3 ‘As’ for ‘bachelor graduates working in the region’, ‘regional joint publications’ and ‘income from regional sources’.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of University of Twente, one of the partners in the initiative, said the system “goes beyond simplistic league tables” and “addresses many of the criticisms of existing global university rankings”.

Androulla Vassiliou, commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, said, “We are proud of our world-class higher education, but we need many kinds of universities, catering for a wide range of needs; that means strong technical and regional universities just as much as outstanding research universities.


The site is designed with students in mind to help you to find universities that meet your needs and compare them. It allows you to follow a number of steps to narrow down your choice to only the universities that match with what you want

Check out U-Multirank here.

Author: Francis O' Toole

Francis O' Toole is a Educational Psychotherapist & Guidance Counsellor. I set up this blog page to help students gain as much information as possible to be able to make right choices and decisions regarding their career options. I believe that we will be very successful in our careers if we follow what we enjoy.

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