Blog for the third mission

There are several commonly accepted ranking systems for the First and Second Missions, which provide indicators to measure excellence in Higher Education Institutions around the world. Rankings improve quality assurance by allowing the institutions to understand their own performance, develop best practices, and provide effective and efficient value to society. They also provide quality indicators to governments, society and industry. However, there are no commonly agreed indicators or methodologies to assess quality in Third Mission activities.

This project will develop such indicators, promoting excellence in Third Mission activities, and encouraging Higher Education Institutions to share best practices across Europe.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

The U-Mulitrank Project (CHERPA)

Following the discussions about methodological
flaws of existing international rankings and the
need for transparency about the emerging European
higher education area, the European Commission
launched a call for tender to develop a new, multidimensional
global university ranking. The tender
was won by the CHERPA network, a consortium of
CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development,
Germany), CHEPS (Center for Higher Education
Policy Studies, University Twente, the Netherlands),
CWTS (Center for Science and Technology Studies,
Leiden University, the Netherlands), the research
group INCENTIM at the Catholic University Leuven
(Belgium) and OST (Observatoire de Science et
Technique, Paris)

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