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International University Rankings Prove VGTU’s Leadership in Lithuania

2017-04-03
International University Rankings Prove VGTU’s Leadership in Lithuania
The fourth edition of the global university ranking U-Multirank among 1 500 institutions also covers 18 higher education institutions in Lithuania (10 universities and 8 colleges). Same as last year, the highest number of top scores belongs to Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU).
 
U-Multirank provides an alternative to popular ranking systems which usually provide a single ranking list. Meanwhile, U-Multirank provides users a possibility to create their own personalised rankings using dozens of criteria at an institutional and subject level across five dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and regional engagement. The dimensions are also measured using 35 indicators for each of the subject areas. Every indicator grades university’s activities from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak). It allows users to identify a university’s strengths and weaknesses, or the aspects that most interest them. 
 
Third year in a row more than half of VGTU’s indicators, 19 out of 35, are graded ‘very good’ or ‘good’. It shows consistent VGTU’s efforts in reaching its goals. VGTU is ranked the highest in terms of regional engagement, interdisciplinary research publications, income from private sources, income from regional sources, graduate companies, art related output, spin-offs, and income from professional development. As compared with last year, this year VGTU has made the highest progress in the number of publications in databases – Web of Science (also called the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database). 
 
The new release of the ranking covers 1 500 institutions from 99 countries, a substantial increase from 1 300 evaluated last year. Over 3 280 departments and 10 500 study programmes were included in the rankings. The data included in U-Multirank are drawn from a number of sources, providing users with a comprehensive set of information: data supplied by institutions; from international bibliometric and patent databases; national databases; and surveys of more than 100 000 students at participating universities. U-Multirank is a European Commission initiative and is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. U-Multirank is developed and implemented by an independent consortium led by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) from Leiden University, both in the Netherlands.
 
More information about the ranking: http://www.umultirank.org  
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