U-Multirank is a brand-new international university ranking supported by the European Commission. It formally aims to provide greater transparency within the Higher Education system, as well as it allows users to construct their own comparative tables according to some criteria. However, the ranking is facing much criticism in the very beginning of its life.
With regard to the process of data collection, experts point out its lack of reliability as only 517 campuses out of 879 filled and returned the required reports. That implies that too often the Center for Higher Education and the University of Twente (both responsible for the new Ranking) had to gather data themselves from websites and other official sources. That leads many experts to think that the project has been done in a hurry and therefore lacks the required quality to be taken seriously.
Others cast doubt on the content, as some indicators might have been selected arbitrarily, with no explicit reason, what appears more serious if we take into account that some variables are not homogenous among countries. And then, we find two opposite views: on the one hand, some experts criticize the ranking for not providing a global indicator; on the other hand, some others claim it is too reductionist and could lead to wrong education policies in the future.
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