PETALING JAYA July 31, 2011: Three Malaysian universities have made it to the top 500 out of 12,000 universities ranked in the Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities.
They are Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (419), Universiti Sains Malaysia (428) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (462).
This is the first time that Malaysian varsities have entered the top 500 since the ranking’s inception in 2004.
American universities dominate the Webometrics ranking, with the top five universities being the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
The ranking is an iniative by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group which is part of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain.
According to the Webometrics website, the aim of the rankings released yesterday was to encourage universities to have a better web presence and researchers to publish more scientific content on the Internet.
Among the main indicators used to analyse university web presence are the size or number of web pages recovered from search engines, visibility, number of rich files available and the number of citations found in Google Scholar.
The rankings are published every six months and around 20,000 higher education institutions worldwide were surveyed.