Shine on, other diamonds

February 21, 2013

Regarding “Universities pull out of EU’s ‘unjustifiable’ U-Multirank” (News, 7 February).

The antipathy of the League of European Research Universities towards the rankings system is hardly surprisingly. After all, U-Multirank is an initiative that will allow people to assess universities’ strengths according to a wide range of criteria rather than by the narrow and arbitrary metrics employed by league tables that tend to cast…erm…Leru members in a favourable light.

Global higher education exists for diverse purposes, and U-Multirank is an ambitious project that aims to reflect that diversity. Leru members no doubt will still shine as beacons of excellence in their fields of expertise, but the different light of other stars will also be seen.

Leru’s claim that U-Multirank is a threat to the health of the system can only be viewed as short-term protectionism. This isn’t a case of turkeys refusing to vote for Christmas: it’s a case of the turkeys wanting everyone to turn vegan and carry on giving them corn.

To declare my interest, I am part of the delivery consortium for U- Multirank - my responsibility is to ensure the usability of the online tool. Everyone working on the project appreciates the challenges involved, but in time we believe U-Multirank will show that it is better to be able to compare like with like and to explore the wealth of what higher education has to offer than merely to perpetuate the pop-chart one- upmanship of traditional university rankings.

Johnny Rich
Managing director

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns