Wikipedia ranking of world universities

  • José Lages
  • Antoine Patt
  • Dima L. ShepelyanskyEmail author
Regular Article


We use the directed networks between articles of 24 Wikipedia language editions for producing the wikipedia ranking of world Universities (WRWU) using PageRank, 2DRank and CheiRank algorithms. This approach allows to incorporate various cultural views on world universities using the mathematical statistical analysis independent of cultural preferences. The Wikipedia ranking of top 100 universities provides about 60% overlap with the Shanghai university ranking demonstrating the reliable features of this approach. At the same time WRWU incorporates all knowledge accumulated at 24 Wikipedia editions giving stronger highlights for historically important universities leading to a different estimation of efficiency of world countries in university education. The historical development of university ranking is analyzed during ten centuries of their history.


Statistical and Nonlinear Physics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Lages
    • 1
  • Antoine Patt
    • 1
  • Dima L. Shepelyansky
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut UTINAM, Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers THETA, CNRS, Université de Franche-ComtéBesançonFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique du CNRS, IRSAMC, Université de ToulouseToulouseFrance

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