[Air-L] Ranking Web of Universities. January 2011 Edition
Isidro F. Aguillo
isidro.aguillo at cchs.csic.es
Fri Feb 4 00:01:40 PST 2011
The Cybermetrics Lab released today the 12th edition of its Ranking Web
of Universities. This is the world broadest coverage ranking of
Universities showing the performance of 12,000 higher education
The Ranking is freely available:
This January 2011 edition's introduces new improved features including
an updated Directory, more national and regional Rankings and
recalculated indicators for better reflecting academic impact of the
universities’ web presence.
Focusing not only on the research dimension, but considering also other
academic missions like teaching, community engagement and knowledge and
technological transfer, the Ranking Web is offering a series of truly
global indicators that reveal the outstanding performers, the excellence
in education and the international impact and visibility of the
The main results from the current edition are:
• US dominance: The Ranking is headed by MIT and Harvard University,
followed by Stanford and California Berkeley. There are 115 North
American universities among the Top 200, including 16 Canadian ones.
• Academic Digital Divide. The concerning gap between US and the
Developed World Universities is not being closed. Only 59 European
institutions are cited in the Top 200, including 10 UK ones, mostly in
the leading group (Cambridge and University College of London are the EU
• Language barriers. The globalization of the Web penalized the
international visibility of French, Japanese or Korean universities.
Australian, Scandinavian, Singapore and surprisingly Taiwanese
institutions show a performance close to the Canadian universities.
• Size is a relevant factor in the emerging countries. Sao Paulo in
Brazil, UNAM in México and Peking and Tsinghua in China are examples to
be considered. None Indian university appears in top 500.
• Open Access policies. The scores show that many universities are
launching big efforts to populate their repositories, greatly expanding
the availability of academic papers. On the contrary, there are still a
few hundred institutions with two or more web domains, a bad practice
that penalizes not only their rank but their overall visibility in
"In this edition a new indicator has been applied for reflecting more
accurately the academic impact of the web contents" said Isidro F.
Aguillo, Head of the Cybermetrics Lab. "The goal is to provide a
complete overview of the academia worldwide, without using subjective
criteria or excluding universities solely by technical reasons and
guaranteeing no economical or political interests affect the scores".
“We are very surprised by the use of incomplete or flawed rankings for
recognition of foreign university degrees. The current report
constitutes a robust evaluation resource that can useful worldwide" said
About The Cybermetrics Lab
The Cybermetrics Lab is a research group devoted to Science Evaluation
by means of analysis, visualization and evaluation of the information
published in the public Web. The Cybermetrics Lab belongs to the Spanish
Research Council (CSIC), the largest scientific public body in Spain and
one of the most important networks of research centers in Europe.
The Cybermetrics Lab publishes several scientific information portals
including the Webometrics Rankings of Research centers
(research.webometrics.info), Hospitals (hospitals.webometrics.info),
Business Schools (business-schools.webometrics.info) and Repositories
About the Webometrics Project
The Webometrics Rankings are published since 2004, analyzing more than
45.000 academic and research organizations from all over the world.
About 20.000 Higher Education Institutions are included in the Catalogue
of Universities that is probably the largest and the most updated (a new
edition appears every January & July) world directory of academic web
Isidro F. Aguillo, HcDr
Head, The Cybermetrics Lab
Email: isidro.aguillo at cchs.csic.es
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