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Irish colleges get ‘A grades’ in new third level ranking system

The new system aims to give a more practical assessment of third level institutions than the existing league tables.

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IRISH THIRD LEVEL institutions have been handed down high grades in a range of different areas as part of a new global university ranking system launched this week.

The new system — U-Multirank — aims to give a more practical assessment of third level institutions than existing international league tables.

Instead, it compares an institution’s performance across a range of different activities — grading them from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak).

The website, which went live yesterday, also allows users to compare particular sorts of universities (“like with like”) in the areas of performance of interest to them.

In terms of grading — Trinity College Dublin, for instance, gets ‘As’ in areas like ‘patents awarded’, ‘research publications’ and ‘international joint publications’, amongst others.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology got top marks in ‘international joint publications’, ‘bachelor graduates working in the area’ and ‘regional joint publications’.

Cork Institute of Technology was given ‘As’ in ‘bachelor graduation rate’, ‘graduating on time’ and ‘co-publications with industrial partners’

All irish institutions taking part received at least one ‘A’ grade. The full list can be viewed here.

Professor Dr. Frans van Vught of University of Twente, one of the partners in the initiative, said the system “goes beyond simplistic league tables” and “addresses many of the criticisms of existing global university rankings”.

The scheme received €2 million in funding from the European Union.

You can try out its various other functions here.

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