The University of Jordan (UJ) ranked first in Jordan, and 10th in the Arab world out of 1216 Arab universities, according to the January 2021 edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
Director of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Center, Prof. Menwer Attarakih, said UJ ranked among the top 8% of higher education institutions at the global level, holding a place among the top 1000 for the first time with a ranking of 887.
Attarakih said that the Webometrics ranking aims to promote open access to the knowledge produced by a university, focusing on the quality and quantity of its web contents.
He added that the ranking used in this edition a combination of three sub-indicators: Web Content and Impact (50%) which measures the number of external networks linked to the university's webpages, Transparency or Openness (10%) which is measured by the number of citations from top 210 authors, and Excellence (40%) measured by the number of papers amongst the top 10% most cited in each one of the all 27 disciplines of the full database.
According to the Ranking's webpage, Webometrics - also called Ranking Web - is not a ranking of the websites of universities; it is a Ranking of Universities. It uses both webometric (all missions) and bibliometric (research mission) indicators.
The Ranking is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.