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15 April 2016

EU and US neck and neck in U-Multirank

US universities dominate “top cited publications” in the latest edition of U-Multirank but lose out to European institutions when looking at “co-publications with industrial partners”.

Author: Mark Chatterley, reporter

U-Multirank, a European Commission-supported world ranking of universities, has released its latest results putting the US ahead in research but Europe ahead in “co-publications with industrial partners”.

This is the third edition of the report and contains information collated from more than 1,300 universities located in more than 90 countries.

It ranks universities in four areas: research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Research is further split down into citation rate, research publications (absolute numbers), research publications (size-normalised) and top-cited publications.

When it comes to “top cited publications”, US universities dominate the high rankings with 18 of the top 25 places. However, this is not the case when looking at “co-publications with industrial partners”, where 17 of the top 25 places go to European universities.

Frans van Vught, joint project leader of U-Multirank, said: “The latest release from U-Multirank shows again that there are many different ways in which universities can demonstrate excellence. Research is obviously an important one, but diversity of purpose is critical to the strength of higher education as a whole.”

Frank Ziegele, joint project leader U-Multirank, added: “Students want to find the university that is best for them, according to their own preferences. To do that, they need the full picture and a user-driven approach.

“U-Multirank makes it possible for users to rank universities their own way – and is even easier now for users on the go with its new mobile version.”

The university rankings are available online and can be filtered by whichever criterion is desired.

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