2014 Press Releases

UCC among leading U-Multirank universities

13 May 2014

UCC has performed admirably in the inaugural U-Multirank, a global university ranking which boasts significant input from students among its improvements over competing ranking systems.

The ranking compares university performance across a range of different activities and on two levels (as a whole and across different disciplinary fields), grading them from “A” (very good) to “E” (weak). While over 95% of institutions achieved an “A” on at least one measure, UCC is among a small number of institutions that returned “a broad range of very good performances”, defined as receiving more than 10 “A” grades. UCC has been awarded 14 ‘A’ grades by U-Multirank, which is funded by the European Commission and unlike some other ranking systems, its primary goal is objective holistic assessment rather than commercial gain.

Unlike many other ranking systems, U-Multirank does not produce a league table of the world’s “top” universities based on composite scores. Its proponents are positioning it as an alternative to the ingrained ranking systems, highlighting that it allows users to compare particular sorts of universities (“like with like”) in the areas of performance of interest to them. The five areas include teaching and learning, regional engagement, knowledge transfer, international orientation and research.

UCC’s institutional ranking returned 14 ‘A’ grades. Key results include:

  • Teaching & Learning: ‘A’ (very good) grade for undergraduate graduation rate.
  • Research: ‘A’ grades for both External research income and Post-doc positions; ‘B’ (good) grades for Publication output (size-normalised), Art related output, Citation Rate, Top cited papers and interdisciplinary publications.
  • Knowledge Transfer: ‘A’ grades for Income from private sources, Patents awarded (size-normalised), Patents filed (absolute numbers), and Publications cited in patents.
  • International Orientation: ‘A’ grades for Foreign language undergraduate programmes, Student mobility, International doctorate degrees and International joint publications.
  • Regional Engagement: ‘A’ grades for undergraduate graduates working in region, Master’s graduates working in region and Income from regional sources.

See www.umultirank.org for a full breakdown.

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