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U-Multirank: A few hundred voices short of success

U-Multirank, the EU-funded university ranking tool launched last year, released its edition May 2014.)
The second edition of U-Multirank is more comprehensive than last year’s, with data from over 1 200 higher education institutions, up from 850 in 2014. It also offers more fields of study across which users may compare universities (psychology, computer science and medicine being the most recent additions). In addition, 17 “readymade rankings” –up from three last year –offer users a quick glimpse on a specific aspect of university performance (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, edition February 2015). 
Speculations aside, this particular ranking system cannot succeed with only partial support. Will the number of institutions choosing to believe in U-Multirank reach a critical mass this year? And will the ranking system become the independent non-profit organisation it wishes to be, after the European Commission’s funding runs out in 2017? These are questions that only the universities can answer. 
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