uniRank™ (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or 4icu.org) is an international higher education directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. uniRank™ includes 13,000 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.
uniRank™ currently includes worldwide higher education institutions which satisfy the following requirements:
uniRank™ currently does not include:
uniRank™ adopts the United Nations geographical classification as shown in the webpage "Composition of macro geographical (continental) regions" published by the United Nations Statistics Division. For this reason countries like Turkey and Cyprus are included in the Asian geographical area even if, under a political point of view, they might better fit under the European one.
Universities and Colleges are ranked by our exclusive uniRank University Ranking™. The web-based non-academic University ranking has been published since May 2005. Since its inception, the ranking methodology has been periodically fine-tuned in order to provide better results.
The current uniRank University Ranking™ is based upon an algorithm including 5 unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from 4 different web intelligence sources:
Web metrics data are collected on the same week to minimize temporal fluctuations and maximize comparibility. A pre-computational filter is adopted to detect outliers in the raw data. Further investigation and a review of both the Alexa Global Rank and SimilarWeb Global Rank data is carried out for universities adopting a subdomain (highly not recommended) as their official institutional home page.
Once outliers are detected and subdomains data reviewed and adjusted, web metrics data are normalised to a scale of 0 to 100 taking into consideration the logarithmic nature in which the Moz Domain Authority, the Alexa Global Rank and the SimilarWeb Global Rank are expressed. The normalised values are aggregated based on a weighted average algorithm which generates the final score and web ranking.
The exact formula adopted to aggregate the 5 web metrics is not disclosed for copyright reasons and to minimise attempts of manipulation from University webmasters in order to achieve a better rank. The same philosophy is adopted by Google with regards to their search engine ranking algorithm. Being the uniRank University Ranking™ a web-based non-academic University ranking, the need for ranking methodology transparency and the ability of testing and reproducing the results, as suggested by the Berlin Principles on Ranking of Higher Education Institutions, is less stringent than for academic University rankings.
The aim of the uniRank University Ranking™ is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon the popularity of their websites in terms of traffic, trust and quality link popularity. This is especially intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University or College is in a foreign country.
We do not claim - by any means - to rank higher education organisations or their programs, by the quality of education or level of academic services provided. The uniRank University Ranking™ is not an academic ranking and, therefore, should not be adopted as the main criteria for selecting a higher education organization where to enroll and study.
To add your uniRank University Rank™ in your institutional website you can find some embed html code when clicking on the share link under your University Rank. By doing so your rank will be automatically updated once we publish the new University rankings in January and July.
Data and information are added or updated on a monthly basis. The uniRank University Ranking™ is updated every six months, in January and July. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notifications on when the new University rankings are published.
All University and College profiles are included and updated at no cost. A special thanks goes to all Universities and Colleges that are participating in this project and help us maintain our database up-to-date.
To submit a missing accredited higher education institution which satisfies the criteria and requirements explained above, please find the appropriate country page in the directory and click on the plus icon at the end of the University table listing:
Please note that we only include accredited/recognised higher education institutions which offer at least some bachelor degrees and are not based mainly on a distance education system.
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