Both U-Map and U-Multirank are transparency tools.

There is no formal link between the two initiatives, but they use many of the same indicators.
U-Map is a classification or mapping instrument, while U-Multirank* is a ranking instrument. Both instruments are user-driven, multi-dimensional and have been designed in very close consultation with a wide range of higher education stakeholders.

(*A project financed by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme)

U-Map was designed, tested and implemented by CHEPS through a series of four projects co-financed by the European Commission between 2004 and 2011. It is a higher education mapping tool that allows users to select comparable institutions on the basis of ‘activity profiles’ generated by the U-Map online tool. These activity profiles reflect the diverse activities of different higher education institutions using a set of six dimensions similar to those subsequently developed in U-Multirank. U-Map is concerned with understanding the mix of activities an institution is engaged in (what it does), while U-Multirank is concerned with an institution’s performance in these activities (how well it does what it does).

U-Map indicators are a key component of U-Multirank to enable the creation of user-selected groups of sufficiently similar institutions that can then be compared in institutional or field based rankings. The overlap between indicators used in U-Map and U-Multirank and the fact that CHEPS is a lead partner in U-Multirank creates an opportunity for U-Multirank institutions to benefit from having a U-Map activity profile in addition to their U-Multirank performance profile as the additional data submission required to do this is very minor.