According to a study by a Spanish firm, Greek universities are amongst the top 3% of universities worldwide, with the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki leading the Greek “race” in the top 1%.
Specifically, five universities (the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Crete and the University of Patra ranked in the top 3%, with a further three universities (Universities of Aegean, Ioannina and the Democritus University of Thrace) ranked in the top 5%. For the first time though, two technical institutes (of Thessaloniki and Patra) are included in the top 10%.
The survey indicated that during the crisis Greek universities were unable to demonstrate the same level of progress and development as in the past. Despite improvements for some institutes, the rate of progress has been halved.
According to the study, some Greek universities improved their ranking, such as the Aristotelian University which climbed to the 158th position from 194th, while the University of Athens climbed 83 spots, ranking 268th overall. The University of Crete ranked 460th (from 516th) and the University of Patra finished 327th (from 556th). The National Technical University dropped 48 spots to 417th place.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is compiled by Cybermetrics (CCHS), a unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the main research body in Spain. The list, which ranks approximately 21,250 institutions, is updated twice a year (January and July). Interestingly, the top universities are public, state-owned institutions.