Univer­sity of Malta im­proves pro­file and stand­ing

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

In May, the U-Mul­ti­rank sur­vey re­sults were re­leased. U-Mul­ti­rank is an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the in­ter­na­tional rank­ing of uni­ver­si­ties on a like­with-like ba­sis, funded by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. Un­like other in­ter­na­tional univer­sity league ta­bles, it is driven by users rather than by pri­vate com­pa­nies. The Univer­sity of Malta has par­tic­i­pated in this ex­er­cise since 2015. The 2018 re­sults in­di­cate that the Univer­sity has con­sis­tently im­proved its per­for­mance in the teach­ing and learn­ing in­di­ca­tors over these four years and is now in the top rank in terms of timely graduation for its un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

The Univer­sity has also im­proved its re­search out­put with the fourth con­sec­u­tive in­crease in sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tions per year. It has also im­proved its knowl­edge trans­fer ca­pa­bil­ity, con­sis­tently im­prov­ing its num­ber of co-pub­li­ca­tions with in­dus­trial part­ners and its num­ber of grad­u­ate com­pa­nies for which it is now ranked in the sec­ond tier of com­pa­ra­ble uni­ver­si­ties.

In line with the vi­sion of its rec­tor Prof. Al­fred Vella, the Univer­sity has also sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved its in­ter­na­tional ori­en­ta­tion. While it has re­tained its con­sis­tently high sec­ond-tier rank­ing with re­spect to stu­dent mo­bil­ity, it is now in the first rank of com­pa­ra­ble uni­ver­si­ties in terms of in­ter­na­tional joint pub­li­ca­tions and in the sec­ond rank in terms of its per­cent­age of in­ter­na­tional aca­demic staff. In four years it has also in­creased six-fold its per­cent­age of in­ter­na­tional doc­tor­ate de­grees, go­ing up from fifth to third rank.

The Univer­sity of Malta has a very strong show­ing in terms of the per­cent­age of bach­e­lor grad­u­ates that are in em­ploy­ment and has seen an al­most four-fold in­crease in re­gional joint pub­li­ca­tions since 2015.

Prof. Vella ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at the im­proved re­sults and stressed that the Univer­sity con­tin­ues work­ing hard to fur­ther im­prove its ser­vices and en­hance its re­gional and in­ter­na­tional pro­file.

U-Mul­ti­rank com­pares the per­for­mances of uni­ver­si­ties in the five broad di­men­sions of univer­sity ac­tiv­ity: (1) teach­ing and learn­ing, (2) re­search, (3) knowl­edge trans­fer, (4) in­ter­na­tional ori­en­ta­tion and (5) re­gional en­gage­ment. The U-Mul­ti­rank web tool en­ables com­par­isons at the level of the Univer­sity as a whole and at the level of spe­cific fields of study. It al­lows users to de­velop their own per­son­alised rank­ings by se­lect­ing in­di­ca­tors in terms of their own pref­er­ences. U-Mul­ti­rank started in 2010 with 150 par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties and now in­cludes data from 1,500 par­tic­i­pat­ing in­sti­tu­tions. The Univer­sity se­lec­tion is based on com­par­i­son with uni­ver­si­ties of com­pa­ra­ble size and scope among the 1,500 who par­tic­i­pated. For more in­for­ma­tion visit https://www.umul­ti­rank.org/#!/ex­plore?track­Type=ex­plore&sightMode=un­de­fined&de­tailUniver­sity=252&name=uni ver­sity-of-malta&sec­tion=ex­ploreUniver­si­tyDe­tail

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