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

Webometrics ranking

Webometrics ranks universities 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.

Webometrics 2021 Rankings for Australia

Aust rankUniversityWorld rank
1University of Melbourne41
2University of New South Wales47
3University of Queensland50
4University of Sydney51
5Monash University62
6Australian National University77
7University of Adelaide96
8University of Western Australia123
9Curtin University195
10Queensland University of Technology198
11University of Technology Sydney207
12Macquarie University210
13Deakin University223
14Griffith University234
15RMIT University245
16University of Wollongong261
17University of Newcastle307
18La Trobe University324
19University of Tasmania342
20University of South Australia359
21Western Sydney University392
22Flinders University402
23James Cook University414
24Murdoch University579
25Edith Cowan University598
26Charles Sturt University676
27Victoria University678
28University of New England695
29Australian Catholic University699
30University of Canberra741
31University of Southern Queensland755
32Southern Cross University859
34University of the Sunshine Coast947
35Charles Darwin University994
36Federation University Australia1115
37Bond University1128
38Swinburne University of Technology1436
40University of Notre Dame Australia2975
42Torrens University Australia4481
75University of Divinity10924

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.

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.

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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