Webometrics publishes web rankings of Australian universities as part of their world rankings.

Universities are ranked by:

  • the volume of material they post on the internet and
  • the number of external links to that material.

The rankings indicate a university's reputation and prominence. They complement research and reputation rankings from QS, Times and Shanghai ARWU.

Top universities are publishing millions of pages produced by dozens of departments and services, hundreds of research teams and thousands of scholars. Strong web presence informs of a wide variety of factors that are clearly correlated with the global quality of the institution.

Webometrics rankings measure of web presence and reach.

Webometrics 2017 Rankings for Australia

Aust rankUniversityWorld rank
1University of Melbourne69
2University of Queensland73
3Australian National University89
4University of New South Wales91
5University of Sydney107
6University of Adelaide162
7University of Western Australia186
8Monash University198
9Macquarie University321
10Curtin University326
11University of Wollongong350
12Queensland University of Technology350
13Griffith University371
14University of Technology Sydney373
15RMIT University389
16Deakin University417
17University of Newcastle428
18University of Tasmania445
19La Trobe University478
20University of South Australia487
21James Cook University541
22Flinders University559
23Western Sydney University602
24University of New England655
25Murdoch University675
26Charles Sturt University748
27Victoria University797
28University of Southern Queensland801
29Edith Cowan University805
30University of Canberra951
31Australian Catholic University1020
32Southern Cross University1054
33CQUniversity1095
34Charles Darwin University1187
35Bond University1293
36Swinburne University of Technology1311
37Federation University Australia1526
38University of the Sunshine Coast1535
39University of Notre Dame Australia1826
40University of Divinity13882
41Torrens University Australia14505

Webometrics Ranking Method

The ranking formula has 4 components:

  1. Impact (50%): Number of links to the university's website
  2. Presence (17%): Number of web pages published by the university
  3. Openness (17%): Number of academic publications on the internet
  4. Excellence (17%): Number of academic publications on the internet that are cited often.

Value to Future Students

The Webometrics rankings offer an alternative measure of the overall strength of universities.

According to Webometrics, the purpose of the rankings is to promote global access to academic knowledge produced by universities. To pursue higher Webometrics rankings, a university needs to enlarge its online academic research footprint.

While encouraging open access to research knowledge is a good thing, the rankings have limited relevance to study choices.

  • The rankings objectively measure web presence.
  • Web presence and education quality do not have a strong, direct relationship.

A large web presence is a combination of university size, research focus, and commitment to web publishing. Increasing any of these indicates institutional strength. But they are not reliable ways to improve teaching services.

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