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Transparency and Rankings

In recent years, there have been increasing demands to make European higher education institutions and study programmes more transparent. The Bologna Process, through its emphasis on a European dimension of quality assurance, a qualifications framework and recognition, together with the tools designed to facilitate their implementation, such as the Diploma Supplement, ECTS and the Lisbon Recognition Convention, has contributed substantially to this demand.

At the same time the number of national and international rankings, league tables or classification exercises has increased significantly. These initiatives often attract a lot of publicity and therefore influence the decision-making of both policy makers and institutions.

EUA takes part actively in the discussions on these initiatives and on how to respond better to the need for transparent information about the profile and performance of institutions. It monitors the progress on key European and international developments such as U-Multirank and AHELO

Most recently, EUA mapped the experiences of its members on the first round of U-Multirank. The results of this survey are available here.

In 2014 EUA published the final report of Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes (RISP) project, which examined how European universities have responded to the use of rankings. You can find the project report here.

In addition, between 2011 and 2013, EUA produced two reviews of existing rankings, which analysed the methodologies used in the main international rankings and thus provided EUA members and the higher education community with information on how to interpret the results of these rankings.

Find out more:

  • RISPRankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes
  • Rankings reviewreview of rankings for higher education institutions 

European University Association (EUA)

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