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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Professor of Physical Geography and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Webometric Ranking of Welsh Higher Education Institutions

The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities July 2013 Edition was published in August and I have now had a chance to look at the performance of Welsh higher education institutions (see table below).

Welsh Rank
Higher Education Institution
World Ranking
Europe Ranking
UK Ranking
1
393
143
28
2
582
202
40
3
=702
279
47
4
=702
280
48
5
3513
879
121`
6
4260
994
136
7
4423
1019
138
8
5445
1172
146
9
6421
1296
157
10
7511
1454
175
11
8837
1651
201
12
9369
1732
210
13
9877
1810
216
14
12428
2175
264
15
12631
2209
268

The Webometric Ranking is weighted on the number of backlinks from external websites to an institutions web domain (50% weighted), the size (number of pages) of an institutions website (20%), institutional presence on GoogleScholar (15%) (I posted a ranking of UK universities research impact based on Google Scholar results earlier this year), and the number of rich files (pdf, doc, ppt, etc) published online (15%). Rather than being a research indicator, it is suggested the rankings reflect the broader academic activity and visibility of an institution. Over 20,000 institutions are included in the July 2013 Edition with 308 from the UK.

For Wales, there are no surprises in the ranking of the 15 higher education institutions included, except for the University of SouthWales, which is ranked 13th due to its recent establishment through the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, and the introduction of a new web domain name. Swansea Metropolitan University has recently merged with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and should, presumably, not appear in the next edition of the rankings if its domain name is changed.