29 July 2017

The methodology of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has gone through several changes since the ranking began in 2004. There is a 50% weighting for Visibility, the number of external networks originating back links to the institution’s webpages (data from Ahrefs and Majestic), 35% for Excellence measured by the number of papers among the top 10% most cited in 26 disciplines over a five year period (data from Scimago), 10% for Transparency or Openness, measured by the number of citations from top authors (data from Google Scholar Citations), and 5% for Presence, measured by the number of pages of the main webdomain of the institution (data derived from Google).

The top five universities, all in the USA, are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  4. University of California Berkeley
  5. University of Michigan.

The regional leaders are:

Latin America; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Europe; University of Oxford, UK

Asia; University of Tokyo, Japan

Africa and CIVETS; University of Cape Town, South Africa

Arab World; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Oceania; University of Melbourne, Australia

BRICS; Tsinghua University, China

Middle East; Tel Aviv University, Israel

Caribbean; Universidad de Puerto Rico

South East Asia; National University of Singapore

South Asia; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Central and Eastern Europe; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

North Africa; Cairo University, Egypt.

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), in Madrid.

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IREG Initiatives

With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

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