The University of Malta has consolidated its place on the Centre for World University Rankings’ (CWUR), ranking in the top 8.6% of the 20,000 universities worldwide in 2021, when compared to 2020, when it ranked in the top 8.9%.
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a leading consulting organisation providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. CWUR publishes authoritative global university rankings, known for objectivity, transparency, and consistency, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators, and governments from around the world.
Ranking in the 1,762nd place, the University obtained an overall score of 66.9, which is around the same overall score it had obtained last year.
It garnered a high score in the Research Performance Rank, ranking in the 1,619th position out of all universities.
The CWUR portal rankings do not rely on surveys and university data submissions; therefore, its indicators are purely objective. Each of the 20,000 universities were analysed and given an overall score out of 100 based on four key pillars:
- quality of education, measured by the number of the university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions, accounting for 25% of the score;
- alumni employment, measured by the number of alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies, accounting for 25% of the score;
- quality of faculty/ies, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions, accounting for 10% of the score;
- research performance, measured by the total number of research projects by academia, the number of research articles appearing in top-tier journals; the number of articles appearing in top-tier journals, the number of articles appearing in highly-influential journals, and the number of highly-cited research articles, accounting for 40% of the score.
University of Malta Rector, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, commented about this favourable result, saying that “we are very pleased to have improved from our previous CWUR ranking, and we have our academics and staff to thank for ongoingly working to elevate the profile of our university not just nationally, but also worldwide”.