Texas A&M University has embarked upon a mission to be a world class university. This comes at a time when the A&M is ranked 16th worldwide among institutions of higher learning. Those findings are based on Web performance and visibility, according to a new posting titled "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities."
The published rankings of more than 4,000 universities is done by Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.
CSIC was formed to support open access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic materials. In doing so, CSIC officials say Web indicators are very useful for ranking purposes too, as they are not based on number of visits or page design but the global performance and visibility of the universities and their research and scholarly activities.
The Webometrics rankings not only focused on research results, but also on other indicators that may better reflect the global quality of research institutions.
In the rankings, the top 24 universities were in the United States, with MIT, Stanford, Harvard, University of California-Berkley and Cornell being the top five.
CSIC consists of 126 centers and institutes with the main objective of promoting scientific research as a means of improving the progress of the scientific and technological benefit to mankind.
To see all the rankings, go to http://www.webometrics.info/top4000.asp