Sapienza amongst the top Italian univeersities in the Shanghai Arwu World Ranking

Sapienza University amongst the top Italian university and the best worldwide. On August 15, 2020, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, an independent research organisation, published its international Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the 1000 best global universities.

Sapienza University amongst the best worldwide. On August 15, 2020, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, an independent research organisation, published its international Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the 1000 best global universities.

Sapienza is on the national podium (151-200 range). In the same range the Universities of Pisa and Milan. The Polytechnic University of Milan and the Universities of Bologna, Padua, and Turin in the 201-300 range. Overall, 46 Italian universities are included in the top 1000 positions in 2000 monitored universities in Italy and 18,000 worldwide. ARWU indicators are extremely rigorous and include international awards and academic recognitions, research quality (published papers and quoted researchers) and professor productivity.  In particular, rankings are based on 6 parameters: Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals of former students (10%) or university researchers (20%), number of researchers mentioned actively according to Clarivate Analytics (20%), publications on “Nature & Science” (20%), mentions of socio-technological publications (20%). These parameters are then correlated to academic staff to provide a pro capite productivity parameter (10%).

The first 100 universities in the Shanghai Ranking are indicated by position and score, while all others are ranked in groups of 50-100 (position and score can be calculated by using parameters). Globally, Harvard University has been first for 18 years, while Stanford University and the University of Cambridge hold second and third place respectively.

“Sapienza University confirms its prestige on the international scene, achieving a significant result for a public university with large numbers and a generalist vocation like ours” – says Rector Eugenio Gaudio. “The result is positive overall for the entire Italian university system which, even if it is not represented in the first 150 positions monopolised by the wealthy Anglo-Saxon universities, sees more than 2/3 of the Italian universities (42 out of 67 state universities in addition to 4 private universities) in the top 1000 among the top 6% worldwide. In this scenario, the excellent performance of Sapienza emerges, linked to the excellence in research, the richness of the disciplinary fields, as well as the centuries-old cultural and educational tradition of the university. This year, characterised by the COVID-19 medical emergency, the interdisciplinary nature and sharing of knowledge, a common feature of generalist universities, has proved to be the functional tool for the restart and relaunch of the country as never before”.

The General ARWU Rankings follow the ARWU Rankings by Subject (published in June) addressing Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Social Sciences and in which Sapienza ranked among the best nationally and internationally in a range of subjects: Aerospace Engineering (1st in Italy and 24th in the world), Automation & Control (1st in Italy and 28th worldwide), Physics (1st in Italy and 29th worldwide) and Mathematics (in the 1-4 bracket in Italy and 51-75 worldwide).

University is number two in Italy for Statistics, after Padua, and in the 101-150 bracket internationally; in position 1-2, on a par with Padua for Psychology (101-150 worldwide), and in position 2-4 for Medical technology (76-100 worldwide).

2020 has been a year of great satisfaction for Sapienza in terms of international success. Again in June, the University was confirmed in first place in Italy for the international rankings published by the Centre for World University Rankings (Cwur), placing itself in 114th position among the Top 0.6% of the approximately 20 thousand universities surveyed; Sapienza also placed third nationally in the QS (Quacquarelli Simonds) World University Rankings 2021 and among the top 200 universities in the world, in 171st place, up 32 positions compared to last year. In February, the QS agency’s ranking by subjects had given Sapienza the second place in the world in Classics after two consecutive years of absolute supremacy, just behind the University of Oxford.

Source: Sapienza University

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