The University of Malta continues to achieve higher levels of recognition, as data recently released by world-renowned research group Webometrics places Malta’s foremost higher education institution in the top 2.5% universities worldwide.
Whereas in the January 2020 ranking, the University ranked 866th of around 30,000 higher institutions, July 2020 data registered a rise to the 817th position, placing UM in the top 2.5% institutions worldwide.
The latest results also spell positive news for the University’s online reach, as the number of web pages related to UM, as indexed by Google, secured the 39th spot worldwide.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is an initiative of Spain’s largest public research body, with an aim to promote scientific research around the world and increase scholars’ commitment as well as the setting up of long-term strategies. It ranks every university across the world according to four main indicators, namely (1) Presence, or Public knowledge shared, (2) Visibility, or the impact made as shown on web content, (3) Transparency, or the number of citations from top authors, and (4) Excellence, or top-cited papers.
Webometrics have been published twice yearly since 2004. Data is first collected in January, and a final publication is done around the end of July.
“These positive results are only possible thanks to the very valid research being conducted at our University, which is not just valuable for its ground-breaking qualities, but is most of all pertinent to the welfare of society. This and other achievements by the University, such as its ability to shift to online teaching in these unprecedented times, are drawing the international attention they deserve. I hope that these positive results keep fuelling our community’s drive and determination in seeing our well-respected institution soar higher through its achievements,” said Prof. Alfred J. Vella, UM Rector.