28 July 2018

The new edition of the Ranking Web of Universities or Webometrics has been just published. The Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain has published Webometrics ranking since 2004.

This ranking is updated twice a year and includes more universities than any other global ranking. In this year’s ranking over 28,000 universities are listed.

There are four metrics:

  • Presence; number of webpages of the main webdomain, data from Google (5%)
  • Visibility; number of backlinks to webpages, data from Ahrefs and Majestic (50%)
  • Transparency; number of citations from top authors, data from Google Scholar Citations (10%)
  • Excellence; number of papers in the 10% most cited, data from Scimago (35%).

The top five universities overall, and in North America and the USA, are:

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

The top five universities in various regions are:

Latin America

  1. Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  2. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  3. Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil 
  4. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. Universidad de Chile.


  1. University of Oxford, UK
  2. University of Cambridge, UK
  3. University College London, UK
  4. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  5. University of Edinburgh, UK.


  1. Tsinghua University, China
  2. University of Hong Kong
  3. National University of Singapore
  4. Peking University, China
  5. Tokyo University, Japan.


  1. University of Cape Town, South Africa
  2. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  3. Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  4. University of Pretoria, South Africa
  5. University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Arab World

  1. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  2. King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  3. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  4. American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  5. Cairo University, Egypt.


  1. University of Melbourne, Australia
  2. University of Queensland, Australia
  3. University of New South Wales, Australia
  4. Australian National University
  5. University of Sydney, Australia.











IREG Initiatives

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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.


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News from IREG Members

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

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