U-Multirank, an alternative approach to rankings

21 June 2019

"Internationalized universities perform better in the transfer of knowledge, the impact of research and education." This is the main message of the latest edition of the U-Multirrank, the multidimensional, user-driven alternative approach to international rankings of Higher Education Institutions. The Columbus Association collaborates with Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo (Spain) in the diffusion of U-Multirank in Latin America.

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Currently, U-Multirank coverage has been extended to 96 countries, 1,711 universities, more than 5,153 faculties and more than 12,500 study programs in 24 thematic areas; 31 are universities in Latin America, from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay (see list below). Seven of them are members of Columbus. Institutions wishing to participate in 2020 edition can express their interest online until the end of September.

The benefits are clear. According to the results of U-Multirank 2019, "open borders" universities are more successful in the transfer of knowledge to the industry (39% more participation in publications together with industrial partners), in establishing derivative companies (80% more) and in patenting their ideas (2.5 times more), and in publications of greater scope. In addition, "open borders" universities' students are more satisfied with their overall learning experience.

Universities can use U-Multirank data to assess their strengths and weaknesses and find ways to improve on the aspects that interest them most. This is possible because the results are not only focused on research, but on the diversity of higher education. In this way, U-Multirank is an alternative approach to compare universities and offers a solution to the shortcomings of traditional league tables.

The latest U-Multirank results also make it easier for students to make better informed decisions about what or where to study based on what matters the most to them. The data included in U-Multirank is extracted from several sources, which provides users with a complete set of information: data provided by institutions; and extracted from bibliometric databases and international patents; of national databases; and surveys of more than 100,000 students at participating universities.

U-Multirank is financed by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Erasmus + Program of the European Union and the Santander Group. U-Multirank is developed and implemented by an independent consortium led by the Center for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany. The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente and the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at the University of Leiden, both in the Netherlands, as well as the Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo (FCYD) ) in Spain, are partners in the project.

U-Multirank’s 2019 - List of Latin American universities


University of Buenos Aires

National University of La Plata


State University of Campinas

Federal University of Ceará - UFC

Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF

Federal University of Mato Grosso

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Federal University of Paraná

UNESP - São Paulo State University

Federal University of Pernambuco

Rio de Janeiro State University

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

University of São Paulo

Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Federal University of São Carlos - UFSCAR

Federal University of Viçosa


University of Chile

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Universidad del Desarrollo

Technical University Federico Santa María

Catholic University of Valparaíso


University of Colima

Universidad de Guadalajara

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey

National Polytechnic Institute, IPN

Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon


Pontifical Catholic University of Peru


ORT University of Uruguay

More information: www.umultirank.org/


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