Web presense of universities is often underrated. While they are not the best indicator to judge a university but it will indirectly increase communication between general public and the university, and more importantly to increase standing among the young savvy internet users. Malaysian universities have finally entered the Top 500 of the Webometric Ranking Web of World Universities. Do read on this news summary from Berry Berry Easy.
Malaysian Universities in Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities 2011
What: Malaysian universities in Top 500 of the Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities
When: Second 2011 Edition
From: Cybermetric Lab – research group from Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain.
Start of Ranking: 2004
Update Interval: Every half a year
- Three Malaysian universities, namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) entered the Top 500 on the Webometric Ranking.
- From it:
- UTM ranked 419
- USM ranked 428
- UKM ranked 462
- This is out of around 20,000 higher education institutions surveyed around the world.
- This is only the first time that local public universities in Malaysia have reached the Top 500 positions.
Around the world, the Top 5 are:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard University
- Standford University
- Cornell University
- University of California, Berkeley
Reasons for Having this List
- To encourage universities around the world to have a stronger web presence and to encourage researchers to publish more scientific content on the Internet.
Indicators used in the Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities
Main indicators include:
- Number of webpages recovered from search engines
- Number of rich files available
- Citations found in Google Scholar
Berry Berry Easy would think that this ranking is not as relevant as other more recognised rankings, nonetheless it is good to see improvement of Malaysian universities. What do you think of this rise? Is it good enough?