Brief guidelines proposed by international experts and stakeholders, coordinated by U-Multirank
15 Nov 2022
Many stakeholders in the higher education sector agree that internationally comparable indicators can support institutions by enabling them to establish a baseline and learn from each other. At the same time, meaningful indicators should also reflect local priorities. So how do we develop relevant , valid and internationally comparable indicators that remain relevant in a local context? That is a challenge we undertook as part of the U-Multirank project.
Together with international experts and key stakeholders, the U-Multirank team co-created brief guidelines for higher education institutions on developing internationally comparable yet locally relevant indicators at the institutional level. Three recent topics in the higher education sector are covered – social inclusion, education for sustainable development and effective teaching and learning (e.g., micro-credentials, digitalisation).
The guidelines were developed between 2020-2022 in consultation with international experts (e.g., UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation), BFUG on Social Dimension, European Student Union). Each guideline is between 4-5 pages long and uses brief bullet points. These guidelines are not intended as a strict recommendation but rather as a reference for increasing awareness and stimulating discussion about some of the dilemmas for developing internationally comparable yet locally relevant indicators. We see indicator development as an aspect of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based policies. Well-defined indicators can support HEIS to
To further promote discussion on the future of these indicators, we are organising two webinars with an interactive discussion. Join if you want to contribute to the discussion:
You can find the guidelines here: