Blog post by Sarah Goodier
1 September 2014

Rankings and metrics play an important role in the competitive global higher education environment. There is an increasingly broad array of ranking systems and metrics that relate to both institutions and individual researchers, each of which utilises a custom set of indicators or algorithms to produce a score. While there is a growing level of resistance to various ranking systems based on the premise that they are narrow and ideologically or geographically biased, they remain crucial to institutions and researchers who wish to measure themselves against peers in the field.

The University of Cape Town has recently been ranked as the top university in Africa in the latest Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities provides an...