In an online ranking of the popularity of universities, Indonesia’s three biggest schools have dropped significantly from a year earlier and are no longer among the top 50 Asian institutions.
The January 2013 rankings on the 4 International Colleges & Universities website have Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in 53rd spot, with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 69th and the University of Indonesia (UI) in 85th on the Asian Top 100 list.
In the July 2012 edition, UGM was No. 13, with ITB in 37th place and UI in 69th.
None of the universities made it into the global top 200, although ITB managed to place 83rd on last July’s worldwide list. The website admits that its rankings are not a measure of the universities’ programs, quality of education or level of services provided.
“The aim of this website is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world universities and colleges based upon the popularity of their websites,” it says.
“This is intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific university/college is in a foreign country.”
The ranking for each university is based on an algorithm including five web metrics from three different search engines: Google Page Rank, Alexa Traffic Rank, Majestic Seo Referring Domains, Majestic Seo Citation Flow and Majestic Seo Trust Flow.
The University of Tokyo leads the Top 100 Asian Universities list, followed by the National University of Singapore.
The global top 10 is monopolized by universities from the United States, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in first place, followed by Stanford University in second. Britain’s Cambridge University, in 18th place, is the top non-US institution.