Webometrics Ranking in the Context of Accessibility of Higher Education
The 3rd International Conference ELLTA 2014: Leadership and Learning in the Asian Century – 17-19 November 2014, University Sains Malaysia. – Penang, Malaysia, 2014. P. 98.
Posted: 12 Jan 2020
Date Written: March 30, 2015
The problem of access to education is particularly relevant for developing countries, especially for Asia with a growing population and increasing demand for higher education. In this context it is important to analyze the results of Webometrics ranking of world universities – the only one of the global rankings stimulating the development of not only the elite but also of mass higher education.
In publications devoted to the analysis of Webometrics the problems of mass higher education are not considered. The purpose of this study is a comparative assessment of the development of mass higher education in the regions and countries on the basis of the results of Webometrics.
Main tasks: assessment of the scale of higher education in the regions and individual countries; assessment of the quality of mass higher education; study of the growth of the network activity of Russian universities (2007-2014).
The methodology is based on the comparison of the number of universities in the country/region included in several thousands of best universities in the world (6 indicators: N2000, N3000, N4000, N5000, N10000, N20000). Evaluation of the quality of mass higher education is made on a conditional parameter - the share of ranked universities in the country/region included in top 5000 (N5000) in the total number of ranked universities among 20000 (N20000). Growth of network activity of Russian universities is estimated by indicators N3000, N5000, N20000.
Originality of research: new aspects of leadership of countries and regions in the Webometrics ranking, their quantitative expression. Among new facts – the leadership of China by the conditional indicator of quality of mass higher education.
Keywords: accessibility, Webometrics, mass higher education, network activity, world rankings.
JEL Classification: I21
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