UNN improves its standing in the global ranking of the world's best university websites
According to the recent results of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, Lobachevsky University has improved its positions and now ranks 1269th in the world rising by almost 100 points (according to the results of the previous rating in January 2020, it was at the 1363rd place). It also ranks 14th among Russian universities. This time, over 30,000 universities and branches worldwide were covered by the study, including 1 096 from Russia. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities started in 2004 and is currently the most authoritative Web ranking of universities. Its results are published every six months, in late January and late July.
According to Alexander Bedny, UNN Vice Rector for International Affairs, the global web ranking of universities in the conditions of rapid development of digitalization clearly demonstrates the level of openness, accessibility, quality and completeness of information about universities around the world. "In today's complex epidemiological situation in the world and the limitations caused by the pandemic, this is particularly relevant. Today, being represented in the Internet is becoming an integral functional part of universities, and the quality and efficiency of this representation determine the competitiveness of universities in the present context of limited offline communications and mobility. We continue to develop our presence in the global Web, improve the quality and content of information, target it for specific audiences, develop social and media activity, increase the visual attractiveness of information presentation," said Alexander Bedny.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is currently the most authoritative Web ranking of universities. It is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. CSIC evaluates the criteria of universities' activity in the Web and the quality and quantity of relevant information on official university websites. The methodology of the study is based on four indicators with different weights: the number of inlinks (links from other resources), the size of the website (the number of web pages indexed by Google), the academic quality (the citation of scientific publications based on the analytical data of the SCImago research group) and the openness (the number of full-text files uploaded on the site and indexed by the Google search engine).