The University of Helsinki comes fourth in Europe in Webometrics Ranking

Promoting Internet publication by universities, the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities listed the University of Helsinki as number one in the Nordic countries.

The University of Helsinki comes fourth in Europe in Webometrics Ranking

Helsinki ranks fourth in Europe in the Webometrics list which uses web data as an indicator of the visibility and impact of the activities of universities, colleges and research institutions worldwide. Helsinki’s strengths included the transparent publication of scientific results in English on the Internet.

Cambridge and Oxford are at the top of the European list, while the first positions worldwide are held by the American universities Stanford, MIT, Berkeley and Harvard.

Top European universities in Webometrics (world rank in parentheses):

  1. University of Cambridge (21)
  2. University of Oxford (40)
  3. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (41)
  4. University of Helsinki (44)
  5. University of Edinburgh (45)
  6. University of Oslo (46)
  7. University College London (55)
  8. Linköping University (62)
  9. University of Trier (64)
  10. University of Vienna (67)

Besides Helsinki, the list of the top one hundred European universities also includes the Universities of Oulu (70) and Tampere (78), as well as eight Swedish, two Norwegian and three Danish universities. Stockholm University was in position 91.

Published since 2004, the Webometrics is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a Spanish research group. The ranking is published twice a year, and research data are collected every January and June.

The webometric research method is based on the first web indicator, the Web Impact Factor (WIF). The ranking takes into account information such as quantitative data about university websites, scientific documents published online and external links (inlinks), as well as data collected by Google Scholar and Live Academic databases. In addition to scientific documents, digital sources are used to find data about university units, research teams, support services, staff websites and course activities.

The Cybermetrics Lab encourages transparent Web publication by universities. Digital media have become important channels for corporate cooperation, relations with the community and student participation. Internationalisation is no longer possible without an English-language website.

Further information at www.webometrics.info

Text: Susanna Rautio
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
27.9.2007
www.helsinki.fi/digitalcommunications

Translation: Valtasana Oy


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