16 January 2018
The UniRank university rankings (formerly 4icu) receive little attention from students or administrators at the world’s elite universities. They do, however, provide some sort of comparison for those universities outside the top 500 or 1,000 and they are often used to construct local tables for countries in the Middle East and Africa.
UniRank is basically a non-academic ranking of web popularity that uses an algorithm currently based on metrics derived from five web intelligence sources: Moz Domain Authority, Alexa Global Rank, SimilarWeb Global Rank, Majestic referring Domains, and Majestic Trust Flow.
The ranking is not intended to measure research or quality of teaching but simply to provide an index of the popularity of university websites. There is, however, a significant overlap with conventional university rankings.
The upper levels of the 2018 edition are dominant by the USA which accounts for the top twenty universities in the world. The top non-US university is Cambridge in 21st place and first in Europe. The top five overall are MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley and Michigan.
The top universities in various categories are:
Latin America and Spanish-speaking universities; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Africa; University of Pretoria, South Africa
Asia; Fudan University, China
Oceania; University of New South Wales, Australia
Arabic-speaking universities; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.