06/08/2017 9:30 AM
Inspired by Neil Armstrong famous quote; “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”, we are proudly announcing the appearance of our university in Webometrics for the first time. Sure appearing in this far ranking is a small step but for our new born university it is a giant leap.
In its objectives and motivations, Webometrics is mentioning “The original aim of the Ranking is to promote academic web presence, supporting the Open Access initiatives for increasing significantly the transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge generated by the universities to the whole Society. In order to achieve this objective, the publication of rankings is one of the most powerful and successful tools for starting and consolidating the processes of change in the academia, increasing the scholars’ commitment and setting up badly needed long term strategies .
The objective is not to evaluate websites, their design or usability or the popularity of their contents according to the number of visits or visitors. Web indicators are considered as proxies in the correct, comprehensive, deep evaluation of the university global performance, taking into account its activities and outputs and their relevance and impact.
At the end a reliable rank is only possible if the web presence is a trustworthy mirror of the university. In the second decade of the 21stcentury the Web is key for the future of all the university missions, as it is already the most important scholarly communication tool, the future channel for the off-campus distance learning, the open forum for the community engagement and the universal showcase for attracting talent, funding and resources”.
Being in a far ranking is not our ambition but there should be a start. We are working hard to put our university in the row of leading universities of the world. Hopefully, achieving this in near future.