Webometrics Analysis-2016

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Analysis of the Ranking Web of Universities-January 2016

1.Introduction

Since 2004, the Ranking Web (or Webometrics Ranking) is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being public at the end of both months), covering 25,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide. The intention is usually to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflects accurately their activities. Consequently, if the web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web, open access and transparency policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications.

Data is collected between 1st and 10th of January and July. Each variable is obtained at least two times during that period and the maximum value is chosen for discarding mistakes or errors. Volatility of search engines is very high so figures can be different and not easily replicated if the search is performed days later. However Google Scholar is very stable and link information providers are also very reliable.

Final publication is done about late January and July, usually not before the 28th. This ranking is now in its 13th year of publication.

2.Methodology

The July edition was built with the indicators obtained during the month in order to maintain the freshness of the data of the most current and updated Ranking of Universities.

Changes in the calculation of indicators

Published figures are RANKS (lower is better), intended for showing individual performances, but they are not the values used in the calculations. Due to technical issues a few changes have been done:

Regarding PRESENCE. Total number of web pages, according to Google, excluding pdf files. Weight: 10%

Regarding VISIBILITY.  Instead of using the larger value of the two inlinks providers (ahrefs & Majestic), we use now the average. As previously the 10 top linking domains and their corresponding backlinks are excluded. Weight: 50%

Regarding OPENNESS.  Google Scholar is no longer used for this indicator. Now, the value refers to the total number of pdf files according to Google. Weight: 10%

Regarding EXCELLENCE. The Scimago data (top 10% most cited papers by discipline) for the five year period 2009-2013 (new period). New Weight: 30%

2.University of Nairobi Ranking

University of Nairobi ranked top in East Africa, 6 in Africa and 697 worldwide. Looking at the specific parameters used in the ranking, the performance of the University of Nairobi was as indicated on Table 1 below:

Ranking

Africa Rank

World Rank

WORLD POSITION

Size/ Presence

Visibility/Impact

RichFiles/ Openness

Scholar/

Excellence

Jan-2009

29

4,046

3,069

5,413

3,851

3,839

Jul-2009

24

4,467

2,490

7,001

4,327

3,711

Jan-2010

28

3,897

3,136

4,679

4,363

4,104

Jul-2010

26

3,190

1,905

4,119

3,447

3,809

Jan-2011

27

3,136

 1,976

4,335  

3,310  

4,382

Jul-2011

26

2,452

2,045

4,215

4,942

1,706

Jan-2012

17

1,367

631

1,794

2,761

1,724

Jul-2012

14

1,435

839

2,010

4,057

1,342

Jan-2013

12

1,326

1,528

2,981

950

1,346

Jul-2013

14

1,624

619

2,883

1,119

1,323

Jan-2014

9

1,167

1828

1,898

774

1,329

Jul-2014

9

907

1109

2,225

44

1,403

Jan-2015

7

855

330

2,579

29

1,400

Jul-2015

7

923

198

1,666

267

1,448

Jan-2016

6

697

279

547

229

1,447

Table 1: UoN Ranking in the indicated criteria from 2009 to 2016

The University improved significantly in the impact indicator from position 1,666 in July 2015 to position 547 in January 2016. In addition the university also improved in Openness from position 267 – Which was later penalized with indicator 99999 in July 2015 to position 229 in January 2016.

There was a slight improvement in Excellence from position 1,448 in July 2015 to Position 1,447 in January 2016. In Presence the University was slightly pushed behind from position 198 in July 2015 to position 279 in January 2016.

Considering the ranking indicators, the following is an illustration of UoN rank in the 4 indicators, as compared to the Africa best (No.1) in each indicator:

University of Nairobi

Africa Best

Criteria

World Rank

Africa Rank

University

World Rank

Overall Africa Rank

Overall

697

6

University of Cape Town

326

1

Presence

279

4

Kafrelsheikh University

57

 1

Impact

547

2

University of Cape Town

467

1

Openness

229

2

University of Pretoria

169

 1

Excellence

1,447

25

University of Cape Town

278

1

Table 2: UoN Performance Comparison with Top Universities in Africa for January 2016

3.Africa Rank Analysis: January 2016

The following is the Africa Rank analysis of top Universities in the January 2016 ranking:

3.1Africa Ranking Analysis

Africa Rank - January 2016

ranking

World Rank

University

Presence Rank*

Impact Rank*

Openness Rank*

Excellence Rank*

1

326

University of Cape Town

390

467

471

278

2

429

Stellenbosch University

211

705

356

458

3

508

University of Pretoria

223

787

169

626

4

516

University of the Witwatersrand

743

958

298

412

5

587

Cairo University

883

748

726

623

6

697

University of Nairobi

279

547

229

1447

7

712

University of Kwazulu Natal

2287

1349

836

560

8

894

University of the Western Cape

667

1022

1881

1093

9

1108

Mansoura University

1129

1978

1353

1031

10

1121

University of Johannesburg

831

2631

740

909

11

1151

Makerere University

757

2766

816

944

12

1162

Rhodes University

1372

1461

2240

1356

13

1223

American University in Cairo

1563

902

2209

1936

14

1238

Benha University

1132

1327

252

2055

15

1242

Alexandria University

1532

2572

2609

955

16

1290

University of Ibadan

3653

941

4712

1703

17

1326

North West University

2556

2948

920

1156

18

1327

University of South Africa

442

1719

675

1936

19

1509

University of the Free State

1660

3765

1344

1279

20

1541

Kafrelsheikh University

57

2734

5193

1800

21

1545

Zagazig University

1913

4389

577

1287

22

1551

Ain Shams University

1165

5809

1665

841

23

1571

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

5743

1579

3861

1863

24

1632

Assiut University

2302

4781

854

1276

25

1681

University of Khartoum

651

2677

1154

2151

26

1714

University of Ghana

2402

3658

3438

1497

27

1725

Université Djillali Liabes

4224

2427

4805

1747

28

1769

Addis Ababa University

868

5036

1891

1399

29

1879

Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene

2584

4596

2644

1570

30

1915

Kenyatta University

538

2634

1191

2680

Table 3: Africa Ranking Analysis january 2016 for Top 30 Universities

The following were totally new entrants to the top 30 rank:

  • Benha University
  • Kafrelsheikh University
  • Zagazig University
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar
  • Kenyatta University

Universities that experienced significant improvement in ranking include:

  • Kafrelsheikh University

Benha University

Universities that experienced a significant drop in ranking included:

3.2Presence Ranking Analysis

Africa - Presence Rank January 2016

ranking

World Rank

University

Presence Rank*

Impact Rank*

Openness Rank*

Excellence Rank*

1

1541

Kafrelsheikh University

57

2734

5193

1800

2

429

Stellenbosch University

211

705

356

458

3

508

University of Pretoria

223

787

169

626

4

697

University of Nairobi

279

547

229

1447

5

326

University of Cape Town

390

467

471

278

6

4917

Strathmore University Nairobi

431

4966

5524

5439

7

12817

Pwani University College

441

16337

8450

5439

8

1327

University of South Africa

442

1719

675

1936

9

1915

Kenyatta University

538

2634

1191

2680

10

7273

Neelain University

577

13970

4410

4285

11

1681

University of Khartoum

651

2677

1154

2151

12

16101

Kumasi Polytechnic

661

17855

18572

5439

13

894

University of the Western Cape

667

1022

1881

1093

14

8562

Technical University of Kenya

676

11280

5462

5439

15

6952

Namibia University of Science and Technology (Polytechnic of Namibia)

690

9974

2051

5439

16

516

University of the Witwatersrand

743

958

298

412

17

1151

Makerere University

757

2766

816

944

18

2331

Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen

758

5996

1552

2275

19

1121

University of Johannesburg

831

2631

740

909

20

1769

Kafrelsheikh University

868

5036

1891

1399

Table 4: Presence Ranking Analysis January 2016 for Top Universities

Universities that experienced significant improvement in this ranking criterion include:

  • Kafrelsheikh University
  • Stellenbosch University

Universities that experienced a significant drop in this ranking criterion:

  • Strathmore University Nairobi
  • Obafemi Awolowo University

3.3Impact Ranking Analysis

Africa - Impact Rank January 2016

ranking

World Rank

University

Presence Rank*

Impact Rank*

Openness Rank*

Excellence Rank*

1

326

University of Cape Town

390

467

471

278

2

697

University of Nairobi

279

547

229

1447

3

429

Stellenbosch University

211

705

356

458

4

587

Cairo University

883

748

726

623

5

508

University of Pretoria

223

787

169

626

6

1223

American University in Cairo

1563

902

2209

1936

7

1290

University of Ibadan

3653

941

4712

1703

8

516

University of the Witwatersrand

743

958

298

412

9

894

University of the Western Cape

667

1022

1881

1093

10

1238

Benha University

1132

1327

252

2055

11

712

University of Kwazulu Natal

2287

1349

836

560

12

1162

Rhodes University

1372

1461

2240

1356

13

1571

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

5743

1579

3861

1863

14

1327

University of South Africa

442

1719

675

1936

15

3067

Federal University of Technology Owerri

12996

1937

15631

3404

16

4031

Mzumbe University

5924

1967

7536

5439

17

1108

Mansoura University

1129

1978

1353

1031

18

1725

Université Djillali Liabes

4224

2427

4805

1747

19

8245

Kismayo University

18090

2556

21859

5439

20

1242

Alexandria University

1532

2572

2609

955

21

1121

University of Johannesburg

831

2631

740

909

22

1915

Kenyatta University

538

2634

1191

2680

23

1681

University of Khartoum

651

2677

1154

2151

24

5962

Misurata University (Misrata University)

13875

2681

15125

5439

25

1541

Kafrelsheikh University

57

2734

5193

1800

26

4572

Federal University Dutsin Ma

4931

2756

9505

5439

Table 5: Impact Ranking Analysis January 2016 for Top Universities

Universities that experienced significant improvement in this ranking criterion include:

  • University of Nairobi
  • Benha University

University that experienced a significant drop in this ranking criterion:

  • Misurata University
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Mzumbe University

3.4Openness Ranking Analysis

Africa - Openness Rank January 2016

ranking

World Rank

University

Presence Rank*

Impact Rank*

Openness Rank*

Excellence Rank*

1

508

University of Pretoria

223

787

169

626

2

697

University of Nairobi

279

547

229

1447

3

1238

Benha University

1132

1327

252

2055

4

516

University of the Witwatersrand

743

958

298

412

5

429

Stellenbosch University

211

705

356

458

6

326

University of Cape Town

390

467

471

278

7

1545

Zagazig University

1913

4389

577

1287

8

1327

University of South Africa

442

1719

675

1936

9

587

Cairo University

883

748

726

623

10

1121

University of Johannesburg

831

2631

740

909

11

1151

Makerere University

757

2766

816

944

12

712

University of Kwazulu Natal

2287

1349

836

560

13

1632

Assiut University

2302

4781

854

1276

14

1326

North West University

2556

2948

920

1156

15

1681

University of Khartoum

651

2677

1154

2151

16

1915

Kenyatta University

538

2634

1191

2680

17

2688

Université Kasdi Merbah Ouargla

1071

3226

1332

3811

18

1509

University of the Free State

1660

3765

1344

1279

19

1108

Mansoura University

1129

1978

1353

1031

20

2456

Fayoum University

3043

8204

1421

1863

Table 6: Openness Ranking Analysis January 2016 for Top Universities

Universities that experienced significant improvement in this ranking criterion include:

  • University of Nairobi due to re ranking
  • Benha University

University that experienced a significant drop in this ranking criterion:

  • International University of Africa

3.5Excellence Ranking Analysis

Africa - Excellence Rank January 2016

ranking

World Rank

University

Presence Rank*

Impact Rank*

Openness Rank*

Excellence Rank*

1

326

University of Cape Town

390

467

471

278

2

516

University of the Witwatersrand

743

958

298

412

3

429

Stellenbosch University

211

705

356

458

4

712

University of Kwazulu Natal

2287

1349

836

560

5

587

Cairo University

883

748

726

623

6

508

University of Pretoria

223

787

169

626

7

1551

Ain Shams University

1165

5809

1665

841

8

1121

University of Johannesburg

831

2631

740

909

9

1151

Makerere University

757

2766

816

944

10

1242

Alexandria University

1532

2572

2609

955

11

1108

Mansoura University

1129

1978

1353

1031

12

3313

Université de Sfax

16826

11325

13898

1047

13

894

University of the Western Cape

667

1022

1881

1093

14

2393

Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech

4840

9464

4240

1115

15

2686

Université de Tunis El Manar

7460

10652

6111

1125

16

1326

North West University

2556

2948

920

1156

17

2169

Suez Canal University

3165

8371

2379

1237

18

2548

(1) Université Mohammed Premier Oujda

5300

10136

3973

1252

19

1632

Assiut University

2302

4781

854

1276

20

1509

University of the Free State

1660

3765

1344

1279

21

1545

Zagazig University

1913

4389

577

1287

22

1162

Rhodes University

1372

1461

2240

1356

23

1769

Addis Ababa University

868

5036

1891

1399

24

2548

Al Azhar University

13164

6503

8019

1407

25

697

University of Nairobi

279

547

229

1447

26

9828

Université Hassan II de Casablanca

16469

19429

19350

1471

27

1714

University of Ghana

2402

3658

3438

1497

28

3820

Université de Monastir

14972

13141

7813

1516

29

2241

University of Tanta

3806

7087

2939

1521

30

3191

University of Malawi

12366

9401

13164

1535

 Table 7: Excellence Ranking Analysis January 2016 for Top Universities

Comment on this ;

Most Universities stagnated in the positions either slight improvement of three places up or up to five places down.

The criterion where Universities in Africa are yet to make world mark.

4.References

Webometrics Ranking, January 2016, www.webometrics.info

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