There are international rankings that do not require self-reported data provided by institutions and are based on data derived only from the Internet, e.g. information from websites or bibliometric data from well-known sources such as the Web of Science databases, Scopus, or Google Scholar. These include University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP), CWTS Leiden Ranking, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), or the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics), etc.
University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP)
In the 2019/2020 edition, 3000 HEIs were included. The universities with the largest number of publications were selected to finally rank TOP 2500 of them. It is estimated that this is about 12% of all universities in the world. In this edition, 50 Polish universities were classified. Lodz University of Technology was classified at the 15th place in Poland, and 981th place in the world. In 2018 TUL was classified respectively at the 18th, and 994th places.
TUL was also classified in the field-based URAP rankings: Chemical Sciences (628th place), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (724th place), Engineering (520th place), Mathematical Sciences (649th place), Physical Sciences (822nd place), Technology (834th place).
CWTS Leiden Ranking
The Leiden Ranking stands for a multidimensional perspective on university performance and presents a variety of indicators to explore the performance of universities from different angles. It provides indicators of scientific impact, collaboration, open access publishing, and gender diversity. It is up to a user to select the indicator that he/she wishes to use to rank universities. Compared with other university rankings, the CWTS Leiden Ranking offers more advanced bibliometric indicators. In its latest edition, 1 176 universities from 65 countries were included. 31 Polish universities, including Lodz University of Technology, have been classified in the ranking. Depending on the indicator TUL has been ranked between 727th and 884th (scientific impact - 727th place, collaboration - 884th place, open access publishing - 884th place, gender diversity - 774th place).
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a leading consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. The ranking was published in 2012 for the first time. In its last edition TOP 2000 universities in the world have been classified including 35 HEIs from Poland. 10 out of 35 have been ranked in CWUR TOP 1000. Lodz University of Technology was classified at 1338th place.
CWUR methodology uses 7 indicators grouped in 4 areas: quality of education (25%), alumni employment (25%), quality of faculty (10%) and research performance (40%).
Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics)
It was established in 2004. It is the world's largest ranking, with all universities, not just the best ones, classified in it. It takes into account the presence and recognition of universities in the web. The aim is to promote open access to information (including scientific publications) and to encourage universities and researchers to ensure that their online presence reflects what they actually do.The Webometrics Ranking is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Supreme Council of Research, CSIC), which is the largest public research unit in Spain. In the last edition Lodz University of Technology was classified at 2171th place.
The rankings is a classification of academic and research-related institutions ranked by a composite indicator that combines three different sets of indicators based on research performance (50%), innovation outputs (30%) and societal impact measured by their web visibility (20%). In the 2020 edition, 3897 HEIs were ranked, including 68 universities from Poland. Lodz University of Technology was classified at 692nd place in the world and at 23rd place in Poland.