IMC Krems named top Austrian university of applied sciences in U-Multirank survey

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IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems was one of 14 Austrian higher education institutions included in this year’s U-Multirank, an EU-funded university ranking.


IMC Krems posted outstanding results, and this was underlined by an APA evaluation of the university’s average score for all 31 indicators. IMC Krems came out as Austria’s top university of applied sciences with a grade of 2.32.

The ranking assesses the performance of 850 institutions of higher education worldwide using 31 indicators related to research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. The grading scale is similar to the Austrian school grading system, where 1 is the top mark and 5 is a fail.  Besides IMC Krems, the Austrian institutions included in the ranking were the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, the universities of Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck, Johannes Kepler University Linz, the Medical University of Vienna, Innsbruck Medical University, Vienna University of Technology, Graz University of Technology, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and Modul University Vienna, a private institution.

In the evaluation, each university’s scores were added and then divided by the number of indicators applied to the institution. IMC Krems’ rating of 2.32 – the best among the Austrian universities of applied sciences – compares well with those of universities outside Austria: ETH Zurich had an average grade of 1.44, the University of Basel scored 1.85 and Munich University of Technology 1.88.

The Business Department’s degree programmes did particularly well, especially as far as teaching is concerned. The business degree programmes achieved outstanding grades of 1.49 in the Overall learning experience category, 1.79 in Quality of courses & teaching, and 1.42 in Organisation of program. IMC Krems was also one of the top-ranked institutions in terms of international orientation, especially in the Opportunities to study abroad category, where it averaged 1.91.

“We are very proud to be named one of the country’s top institutions of higher education yet again. Together with our outstanding performance in the CHE ranking, these results will further strengthen our comprehensive commitment to quality,” commented IMC Krems CEO Ulrike Prommer.

The ranking in general

The new multidimensional method adopted by the EU-funded U-Multirank university ranking is a pilot project and differs from previous approaches. The main innovation is that institutions of higher education are assessed on the basis of a broad spectrum of factors in five categories: research, teaching and learning, international orientation, knowledge transfer and regional engagement.

The 2014 ranking was compiled by a consortium headed by the German Centre for Higher Education (CHE) and the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), which is based in the Netherlands. The partner organisations included Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), information solutions provider Elsevier, Bertelsmann Stiftung, a private foundation, and software developer folge 3.