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Sapienza International Rankings

Sapienza confirms its position among the top Italian and international Universities, according to the most authoritative international university rankings. Here is an overview of the rankings in chronological order, starting from the most recent publication

Shanghai Global Ranking: Sapienza among the world's top 50 universities in three disciplines

On October 27 Shanghai Ranking Consultancy published the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023 (GRAS). The ranking confirms Sapienza's position among the top Italian universities and the best universities in the world. In particular, Sapienza is among the top 50 universities in the world in three disciplines: Physics (12th place), Aerospace Engineering (15th place) and Automation & Control (32nd place).

Sapienza also boasts 5 absolute national records in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics (in the 51-75 range), Telecommunications Engineering (in the 76-100 range) and Ecology (101-150) and 2 joint records in Statistics and Psychology (101-150).

The Shanghai ranking lists universities in 55 subjects, including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. GRAS ranks more than 1,900 out of 5,000 universities in 104 countries.

The criteria are based on objective academic indicators and include research results (Q1), research impact (CNCI), international collaboration (IC), research quality (Top) and international academic awards (Award).

The same organisation, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, published on August 15 the 2023 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in which Sapienza was confirmed at the top for the second year running, as the first and only Italian university in the 101-150 range.


Times Higher Education rankings by subject confirms Sapienza's leadership in Arts and Humanities

On October 26 the international agency Times Higher Education (THE) published its 2023 World University Rankings by Subject, placing Sapienza first in Italy and 43rd in the world for Arts and Humanities, an improvement of 22 places compared to the previous edition. Internationally, Law (70th) and Physical Sciences (97th) are also in the top 100. Overall, our University has improved its position in 9 out of 10 subjects compared to last year.

The ranking is structured into the following subjects: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Clinical and Health Sciences, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Law, Arts and Humanities.

The indicators considered by Times Higher Education to develop the rankings are: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Clinical and Health Sciences, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Law, Arts and Humanities.

The same Times Higher Education agency published the 2024 edition of the World University Rankings on September 27. Sapienza ranked 181st in the world, improving its position compared to previous years (in the 2023 ranking it was in the 201-250 range).


Sapienza 181st globally for "THE" World University Rankings  

On September 27 the Times Higher Education agency published the 2024 edition of the World University Rankings.  Sapienza has improved its performance compared to previous years and is now 181st in the world (in the 2023 ranking it was in the 201-250 brcket). Sapienza is 3rd in Italy. 


Sapienza is once again the first generalist university in Italy for QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024

On September 20, 2023, the Quacquarelli Symonds agency published its first-ever ranking focused exclusively on European universities. Sapienza is the first generalist university in Italy, as in the international ranking released on June 27.

In this new European ranking, Sapienza is 65th out of 688 universities considered on the European continent, in second place out of 51 Italian universities, after the Politecnico di Milano thus ranking first among generalist universities. In the top 100 European universities, there are only four Italian universities: Politecnico di Milano (47th), Sapienza (65th), Alma Mater Studiorum (78th) and the Università di Padova (89th).

Sapienza in particular came first in Italy for Academic Reputation, Employment Outcomes, and International Research Network, out of 12 indicators considered.

On June 27, Sapienza was 134th out of 1500 considered and in second place nationally after the Politecnico di Milano (out of 42 Italian universities considered).


Sapienza once again first in Italy for ARWU 2023

Sapienza is once again first in Italy, and the only Italian university in the 101-150 bracket, according to the 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released on August 15 by the independent organisation Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

Arwu ranks the world's top 1,000 universities out of an estimated 2,500 worldwide. There are 6 ranking citeria: Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winning alumni and alumnae (10%) or researchers of each university (20%), the number of highly cited researchers according to Clarivate Analytics (20%), papers published in Nature and Science (20%), citations of techno-social publications (20%). These parameters are then correlated with academic staff, giving a further parameter of per capita productivity (10%). For the top 100 universities in the Shanghai ranking, the position and score are made explicit according to the parameters used. The others are ranked in groups of 50-100. Worldwide, Harvard University has been at the top of the ranking for 20 years, with Stanford University and MIT in second and third place respectively.

Sapienza regained the top position with the 2022 edition of the ranking.


QS World University Rankings 2024: Sapienza tops the Italian rankings

The 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings, published on June 27, 2023, places Sapienza 134th in the world, the best result ever achieved by our University in this ranking, and moves up to 2nd place in Italy after the Politecnico di Milano (123rd). This puts Sapienza at the top of the generalist universities, followed by the University of Bologna in third place (154th).

In particular, Sapienza ranked first in Italy in two new parameters that reflect the quality of our University's services and the value of its research: Employment Outcomes (1st in Italy and 101st in the world), which measures the employment rate and career prospects of its graduates on the labour market; and International Research Network (1st in Italy and 33rd in the world), which measures the internationalisation rate of  University's scientific research activities.

Sapienza also ranks among the top 100 universities in the world in two other indicators: 74th for its academic reputation and 79th for its commitment to sustainability.

The QS World University Rankings are published by the British agency Quacquarelli Symonds and are among the most important in the international arena. This year's edition includes 1,500 universities in 104 countries.


Sustainability: Sapienza among the world's top 100 universities for six goals, according to Times Higher Education Impact Ranking

The 2023 edition of the global THE Impact Ranking, published on June 1, confirms the significant improvement of Sapienza University of Rome in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ranking analyses research, administration, outreach and teaching. Sapienza is in the top 100 in the overall ranking for 6 goals: SDG5 Gender equality (30th); SDG6 Clean water and sanitation (98th); SDG8 Decent work and economic growth (85th); SDG9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure (65th); SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities (84th); SDG14 Life below water (21st).

The report gives Sapienza an overall score of 84.7, 4 points higher than last year, placing it in the 101-200 range out of the 1,591 universities analysed, a significant improvement over the 201-300 slot in the 2022 ranking.

Sapienza once again first in Italy for Cwur

On May 10, Cwur published its 2023 world rankings, which takes into consideration 2000 universities out of 20,531 surveyed.

Sapienza is once again first in Italy and 116th in the world, with a score of 81.2.

The Center for World University Rankings assesses four indicators: Education, Employability, Faculty and Research. Education calculates the number of alumni and alumnae who have obtained prestigious academic awards compared to the size of the university (25%); Employability, the number of alumni and alumnae who hold top positions in large companies (25%); Faculty, the number of lecturers who have won prestigious academic awards (10%); Research takes into consideration high-quality publications, number of articles in highly influential journals and citations (40%).

The top position in 2023 is for Harvard. Among Italian universities, after Sapienza come Padua (171), Milan (180) and Bologna (185).

Sapienza first worldwide in Classical Studies for the third year running, according to QS

On March 22, 2023, the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject report was published, confirming Sapienza as first in the world in "Classics and Ancient History", with a score of 98.7, and first in Italy in two subject areas: "Arts & Humanities" and "Natural Sciences", respectively at 41st and 44th place worldwide. The 2023 ranking analysed 54 disciplines grouped into 5 broad subject areas. Sapienza was ranked in all 5 areas and 43 subjects, achieving an overall excellent performance worldwide, ranking among the world's top 50 universities in 7 disciplines and among the world's top 100 in 21.

Sapienza is also first nationally in the following subjects (global position in brackets): Classics and Ancient History (1), Archaeology (11), History of Art (17), Physics and Astronomy (35), Library and Information Management (43), History (49), Psychology (61), Statistics and Operations Research (range 51-100), Nursing (range 51-100), Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (range 51-100), Anthropology (range 51-100), Development Studies (range 101-120), Biological Sciences (108), English Language and Literature (range 101-150). New in the 2023 ranking is the subject "History of Art", in which Sapienza is first in Italy and ranked 17th worldwide.

The QS ranking takes into account the following indicators: academic and employer reputation based on the opinion of recruiters worldwide, citations per paper, the use of the 'H-Index' on publication prolificacy and impact and the International Research Network, the percentage of publications on Scopus with international co-authors provided for the first time in 2023 for all subjects.

The following were analysed:

  • 16.4 million unique articles published between 2016-2020
  • 117.8 million citations in 2016-2021
  • 1594 institutions classified in 54 subjects grouped into the 5 subject areas Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences & Management.
Thursday, 26 October 2023

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