New university ranking system includes the cultural perspective (Vol. 50, No. 2)

Network of friends of top 20 PageRank universities from the French Wikipedia edition.

A new study proposes a new way of ranking universities, using a more balanced cultural view and based on 24 international editions of Wikipedia

Scientists in France have developed a new way of generating a ranking of the world’s universities that places more emphasis on the cultural perspective. In a study published recently, the authors perform an analysis of Wikipedia editions in 24 languages, collected in May 2017—previous studies pursuing a similar approach focused on data from 2013. Employing well-known ranking algorithms, they establish a Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities based on the relative cultural views of each of the 24 language-specific Wikipedia editions. Thus, they provide a more balanced view that reflects the standpoints of different cultures. Specifically, the authors use (for the first time for this purpose) a new tool for the analysis of online networks, which is based on the PageRank algorithm and known as reduced Google Matrix analysis. In this study, they determine the interactions between leading universities on a scale of ten centuries, which provides insights into the relative influence of specific universities in each country.

C.Coquidé, J.Lages, and D. L. Shepelyansky, World influence and interactions of universities from Wikipedia networks, Eur. Phys. J. B 92, 3(2019)