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4 International Colleges & Universities

4 International Colleges & Universities is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. 4icu.org includes 10,000 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.

Being a non-paid directory, 4icu.org is free of charge to both visitors and organisations included. No registration is also required.

Organizations included

The 4icu.org directory includes worldwide higher education organisations which satisfy the following requirements:

  • are officially recognized, licensed or accredited by national or regional bodies such as ministries of education and/or recognized higher education accrediting organizations.

  • are officialy entitled to grant four-year undergraduate degrees and/or postgraduate degrees.

  • provide traditional face-to-face learning facilities, programs and courses.

  • have a working official website.

The 4icu.org directory currently does not include:

  • two-year degree granting institutions such as Community Colleges, Vocational Colleges, Training Colleges etc.

  • distance learning only organizations.

  • other higher education organizations that do not satisfy the above requirements

To ensure the quality of the directory listing, 4icu.org does not participate in link exchanges or include affiliate resources within the directory.

All University and College profiles are included and updated free of charge.

Geographical classification

We adopt the United Nations geographical classification as shown in the webpage "Definition of major areas and regions" published by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

For this reason countries like Turkey and Cyprus are included in the Asian geographical area even if, politically speaking, they might better fit under the European one.

4icu.org University Web Ranking Methodology

Universities and Colleges are ranked by our exclusive 4icu.org University Web Ranking.

The ranking is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines:

Web metrics data are collected on the same day to minimize temporal fluctuations and maximize comparibility. A pre-computational filter is adopted to detect outliers in the raw data. The total number of external inbound links (or backlinks) pointing to each university website is also cleaned from duplicate domains based on a statistical sample; unique inbound links (i.e. links coming from different domains) are in fact a much more significant and powerful measure of website link popularity. Finally further investigation and a review of Alexa Traffic Rank data is carried out for universities adopting a subdomain (highly not recommended) as their official institutional home page.

Once filtered (outliers), cleaned (unique links) and reviewed (subdomains), web metrics data are normalised to a scale of 0 to 100 taking into consideration the logarithmic nature in which both the Google Page Rank and the Alexa Traffic Rank are expressed. The three normalised values are aggregated based on a weighted average algorithm which generates the final score and web ranking.

The exact formula adopted to aggregate the three web metrics is not disclosed for copyright reasons and to minimise attempts of manipulation from university webmasters in order to achieve better rankings. The same philosophy is adopted by Google with regards to their search engine ranking algorithm. Being the 4icu.org University Web Ranking a non-academic ranking the need for ranking methodology transparency and the ability of testing and reproducing the results, as suggested by the Berlin Principles on Ranking of Higher Education Institutions, is less stringent than for academic rankings.

The aim of this website is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon the popularity of their websites. This is intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University/College is in a foreign country.

We do not claim - by any means - to rank organisations or their programs, by the quality of education or level of services provided. The 4icu.org University Web Ranking is not an academic ranking and should not be adopted as the main criteria for selecting an higher education organization where to study.

Information updates

Data and information are added or updated on a monthly basis. The 4icu.org University Web Ranking is updated every six months, in January and July.

A special thanks goes to all Universities and Colleges that are participating in this project and help us maintain our database up-to-date.

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