04 August 2019

The Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) has been produced by the Cybermetrics Lab, a branch of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), since 2004. It currently ranks nearly 29,000 universities in every country in the world except North Korea.

This ranking combines metrics that measure web activity and research.  The current edition, published in July uses four indicators:

  • Presence; number of pages of the main webdomain (weighting 5%)
  • Visibility; number of external networks linking to webpages (50%)
  • Transparency or Openness; number of citations from top 100 authors according to Google Scholar Citations (10%)
  • Excellence or Scholar; number of papers among the top 10% most cited (35%).

The current top ten overall are:

  1. Harvard University, USA
  2. Stanford University, USA
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  4. University of Washington, USA
  5. University of California Berkeley, USA
  6. University of Michigan, USA
  7. University of Oxford, UK
  8. Columbia University, USA
  9. Cornell University, USA
  10. University of Pennsylvania, USA.

The top universities in selected regions and areas are:

Latin America; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Europe; University of Oxford, UK
Asia and BRICS; Tsinghua University, China
Africa and CIVETS; University of Cape Town, South Africa
Arab World; King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Oceania; University of Melbourne, Australia
Caribbean; University of Puerto Rico
Middle East; Tel Aviv University, Israel
South Asia; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Ranking Web of Universities


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The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


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.


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.


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News from IREG Members

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod listed in the global ranking of the world's best university websites Webometrics

According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University now ranks 1383rd in the world and 67th among university websites in Eastern and Central Europe.

QS organize Reimagine Education conference on 8-10 December 2019 in London

Reimagine Education is the global conference for those interested in pedagogical innovation, cutting edge education technology, and means by which graduate employability can be nurtured.

Yeditepe University in Turkey organize the YIRCoF’19 conference

The Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresught and Futures will take place at Yeditepe University on 29-30 November, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The invited speaker are – Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems from University of Trento, Italy.

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