By Juliana Chan
August 2, 2011
AsianScientist (Aug. 2, 2011) – The July 2011 results of the Webometrics Web Ranking of World Universities were released last week on July 29, 2011, published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Madrid.
Founded in 2004, it is updated every January and July and provides Web indicators for more than 20,000 universities worldwide.
The ranking places the world’s universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files), web visibility, and web impact according to the number of external inbound links received on publications.
The central hypothesis of this approach is that a university’s web presence is a reliable indicator of its performance and prestige, and as such, an indirect way to measure the university’s missions: i.e. teaching, research, and transfer.
National Taiwan University topped all universities in Asia, with a world rank of 24. In second place was the University of Tokyo, with a world rank of 34; and in third place was Kyoto University, with a world rank of 56.
The National University of Singapore came in at first place on the Southeast Asian table, followed by Kasetsart University and Chulalongkorn University, both in Thailand, at second and third place.
Top three in South Asia were three Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT): IIT Bombay, IIT Bangalore, followed by IIT Kanpur.
The Ranking hopes to improve the presence of academic and research institutions on the Web and promote open access publication of scientific results.
The full listing be found at: http://www.webometrics.info/index.html