Five Polish universities were among the world’s 500 most visible online universities - according to the latest edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. The best Polish university in the ranking - the Jagiellonian University - was ranked 285th.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities includes more than 20 thousand universities from around the world, including more than 420 Polish universities.
Polish university with the highest, 285th position was the Jagiellonian University. The next Polish university in the ranking is the University of Warsaw (309th place). Among the 500 universities most visible online are also AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków (388th place), the Warsaw University of Technology (461st place) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (499th place).
In the top 1000 were also the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (581st place), University of Silesia in Katowice (685th place) and the Silesian University of Technology (848th place).
The ranking was dominated by American universities. US universities and colleges took 13 top places. The best was Harvard, followed by MIT, and in third place - Stanford. The first European universities, Oxford and Cambridge, took 14th and 15th place.
Webometrics World University Ranking is prepared twice a year by the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spanish National Research Council) in Madrid. The comparison focuses primarily on university web communication. The rankings does not take into account scientific achievements, but rather materials published online by individual universities.
The criteria taken into account include impact (how often other sites redirect to the content on the university website), presence (the number of sub-pages in the domain which belongs to the university), openness (the number of documents, e.g. doc, pdf, available on the website), as well as excellence (participation of universities in the most cited scientific publications). The authors reserve that in particular editions the methods for evaluating universities may vary.
Detailed information can be found at: www.webometrics.info
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