Project 5-100 Universities Rank High for Online Visibility and ImpactFebruary 14, 2020
As many as 353 Russian institutions show up in the latest edition of the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics), which measures universities' web presence and impact. To compile the league table, the Spanish-based research group Cybermetrics Lab has reviewed nearly 30,000 institutions and ranked 12,000.
The top 1,000 of the rankings features 11 Russian universities, nine of them participating in Project 5-100. Of these, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) places highest at #553, followed by Novosibirsk State University (NSU) at #575 and Tomsk State University (TSU) at #711.
Four more Project 5-100 institutions finished in the top 800:ITMO University in 723rd place, St Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in 742nd, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in 752nd and the Moscow Institute of Physic and Technology (MIPT) in 764th.
The other two Project 5-100 participants to have made it into the top 1,000 are Kazan Federal University (KFU) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). They came in 831st and 882nd, respectively.
The total number of Project 5-100 universities sitting in the top 1,000 is unchanged from July 2019 and compares well with the earlier figures of four for January 2016, six for the 12 months between July 2016 and July 2017, eight for January 2018, six for July 2018, and eight for January 2019.
Significantly, Project 5-100 universities account for eight out of 10, and 16 out of 20, top-performing Russian institutions in the rankings, a clear indication that this group is spearheading Russia's effort to expand its universities' online footprint.
Most Project 5-100 institutions have improved their standings since last July, with St Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU “LETI” making the greatest progress. It has moved up a spectacular 211 positions in the rankings to become one of this country's top 40 performers, climbing from 46th to 39th slot in the national league table.
Russia's highest-ranked institutions are Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in 223rd place and Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU) in 463rd.
Webometrics rankings have been published twice a year since 2004. They are compiled using the following indicators and weightings: Visibility (50%), measured by the number of external networks linking to an institution's web pages; Excellence (35%), which reflects the number of papers that rank among the top 10% most cited ones in 26 disciplines, according to the data provided by the SCImago research group; Transparency, or Openness (10%), defined as the number of citations from researchers' Google Scholar profiles filtered by institutional email domain; and Presence (5%), which is based on the number of Google-indexed pages of an institution's main web domain.