Fwd: Ranking Web of Universities: July 2009 edition

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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:38:30 -0400

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From: Isidro F. Aguillo <isidro.aguillo_at_cchs.csic.es>
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] Ranking Web of Universities: July 2009 edition
To: SIGMETRICS-- listserv.utk.edu

The July edition of the Ranking Web of World Universities
(http://www.webometrics.info) shows important news. Most of them are
due to changes done to improve the academic impact of the open web
contents and to reduce the geographical bias of search engines. As a
result, the US universities still lead the Ranking (MIT with its huge
Open Courseware is again the first, followed by Harvard, Stanford and
Berkeley), but the digital gap with their European counterparts
(Cambridge and Oxford are in the region?s top) has been reduced. Even
more important, some of the developing countries institutions reach
high ranks, especially in Latin America where the University of Sao
Paulo (38th) and UNAM (44th) benefits from the increasingly
interconnected Brazilian and Mexican academic webspaces.

Several countries improves their performance including Taiwan and
Saudi Arabia with strong web oriented strategies, Czech Republic
(Charles), the leader for Eastern Europe, Spain (Complutense) and
Portugal (Minho, Porto) with huge repositories and strong Open Access
initiatives. Norway (NTNU, Oslo), Egypt could be also mentioned.

On the other side, the underrated are headed by France, with a very
fragmented system, Korea, whose student-oriented websites are
frequently duplicated, New Zealand, India or Argentina.

Africa is still monopolized by South African universities (Cape Town
is the first, 405th), as well as Australian Universities are the best
ranked for Oceania (Australian National University, 77th)

Other well performing institutions include Cornell or Caltech in the
USA, Tokyo (24th) Toronto (28th), Hong Kong (91st), or Peking (104th).
On the contrary, in positions below expected we find Yale, Princeton,
Saint Petersburg, Seoul and the Indian Institutes of Science or

Check out also:

Ranking Web of Research Centers http://research.webometrics.info/
Ranking Web of Repositories http://repositories.webometrics.info/
Ranking Web of Hospitals http://hospitals.webometrics.info/
Ranking Web of Business Schools http://business-schools.webometrics.info/

Isidro F. Aguillo, HonPhD
Cybermetrics Lab
Albasanz, 26-28, 3C1. 28037 Madrid. Spain
Ph. 91-602 2890. Fax: 91-602 2971
isidro.aguillo -- cchs.csic.es
www. webometrics.info
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