Monday, November 14, 2005

New Way of Ranking for Universities

There are many methods to rank universities around the world. One of the new methods is looking at their websites to measure the patterns of the hyperlinks to and from them. This new idea of ranking which seems quite reasonable to me comes from Webometrics. I’ll write about the Webometrics later on and for now just invite you to have a look at the ranking here.

The website introduces the whole idea of their ranking system as follow:

“The ranking is based on a combined indicator that takes into consideration the volume of the published material on the web, and the visibility and impact of these webpages measured by the sitations (site citations) or links they received (inlinks). It is derived from the Web Impact Factor, build on the same idea as the bibliographic databases based Impact Factor of the Journal Citation Reports published by the Institute of Scientific Information, now Thomson Scientific.”