The 2021 ranking of the Webometrics Ranking, a worldwide academic ranking launched since 2004 by the Spanish Research Council, was released at the end of January.And it is the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD) that has been ranked the most digital university in sub-Saharan francophone Africa.
The Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar was ranked first among the most digital universities in sub-Saharan francophone Africa, and 77th in Africa, by the Webometrics Ranking 2021. It is followed by the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, 91st African. The third position is held by the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon (105th in Africa). The latter ranks higher education institutions on the basis of their academic presence on the Web and their digital services.
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Four major numerical indicators determine the Webometrics ranking that is published twice a year: the sharing of public knowledge, the impact of Web content, quotes from researchers and published documents. And it is Egypt that leads this ranking in Africa with 37 universities present in the list of Webometrics.
The aim of the ranking is to promote the academic presence on the Web, by supporting open access initiatives to significantly increase the transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge generated by universities.
Therefore, universities that maintain quality standards increase their chances of being better ranked on the international stage. For this reason, Webometrics data has been considered as a barometer to improve online visibility and performance of higher education institutions.
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