University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

Thursday, 6 June 2019 University of Primorska among the U-Multirank Top 25 performers in the area of International Orientation of Programmes

The University of Primorska received another important acknowledgment: the last results of the international university ranking programme U-Multirank 2019, brought to our university the title Global Top 25 performers in the field of international orientation of study programs. The excellent performance was achieved thanks to UP FAMNIT's study and research areas of mathematics, computer science and biology.

»U-Multirank« is a multidimensional independent university ranking prepared with seed funding from the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme. It compares the performances of higher education institutions in the following areas: teaching and learning, research, international orientation, regional engagement and knowledge transfer.

As mentioned, U-Multirank assessed three areas that are intensively developed by UP FAMNIT: mathematics, computer science and biology, which are also implemented in our study programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. On the mentioned programmes we register the highest presence of foreign students (from 20 different countries) and researchers from abroad (currently around 20% of our staff).

This year, U-Multirank evaluated 1.711 universities from 96 countries. In the press release, it was pointed out that “open border” universities perform better than universities with low international exchange in the areas of knowledge transfer, research impact and education. They are more successful in engaging and transferring knowledge to industry (39% higher share of publications together with industrial partners), in establishing spinoff companies (80% higher) and in patenting their ideas (2.5 times more), and their research shows higher outreach (36% higher number of top cited publications). Additionally, students of open border universities are more satisfied with their overall learning experience.

One of the proofs that internationalisation of universities increases their quality is shown by the fact that it is precisely the most international area of FAMNIT – mathematics – who helped the University of Primorska to enter famous Shanghai Ranking in the field of Mathematics. In addition, this year our Mathematics was placed on 15th place among 185 evaluated universities in the same field.

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: »I am pleased to see the latest U-Multirank results which show that EU universities perform very well when education, research and student satisfaction are looked at together. As we work towards creating a European Education Area where everyone gets the best education and can study freely across borders, as well as developing our flagship European Universities initiative, I am sure that U-Multirank will continue to provide valuable information for applicants.«

U-Multirank’s latest results not only give insights on the effects of open borders, but make transparent the detailed performance of universities, so students can make better informed choices about what, or where to study based on what matters most to them. Universities could use U-Multirank data to assess their strengths and weaknesses and find ways to improve. This is made possible by providing users with the world’s largest customisable online rankings that not only focus on research, but the full diversity of the higher education system.