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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

Sapienza first in Italy for Arts and Humanities according to Times Higher Education ranking by subject

According to the Times Higher Education ranking by subject, Sapienza confirms and improves its leadership for the Arts and Humanities subject area. Times Higher Education published the World University Rankings by Subject 2023 on October 25, 2022, assigning Sapienza the first position in Italy and 65th worldwide for Arts and Humanities, up 15 positions compared to the previous edition. In second place in Italy are Law (57th position worldwide), Physics (92nd position worldwide) and Psychology (in the 102-126th range worldwide).


Sapienza is in the 201-250 bracket according to THE World University Rankings

According to the World University Rankings 2023 published by the Times Higher Education agency on October 12, 2022, Sapienza is placed in the 201-250 bracket. 

Shanghai rankings by subject: five national firsts for Sapienza

Sapienza University further improves its ranking in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, published on July 19, 2022, by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy agency, which also draws up the general Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Sapienza scored five unique national firsts in Mathematics, Physics, Automation&Control, Telecommunication Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. For the same subjects, the world rankings are also significant, with Mathematics in 28th place, Physics in 34th, Automation&Control in 28th, Telecommunication Engineering in the 51-75 range and Aerospace Engineering in 30th place. Good placement also for Ecology, Earth Sciences, Nursing, Statistics and Psychology, in second place in Italy. 


QS World Rankings 2023: Sapienza among the best universities

The 2023 edition of the QS World University Ranking, released on June 8, 2022, places Sapienza among the top 200 universities worldwide. Our university ranks 171st worldwide and third nationally, after the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Bologna.

That confirms the excellent position already achieved in the 2022 ranking. Based on the individual indicators, the Academic Reputation parameter - Sapienza's reputation in international academic circles - has increased in the score, maintaining the 74th position worldwide.

The International Faculty index (percentage of international lecturers) and International Students index (percentage of international students) also improved.

In this edition, QS has added two new parameters, Research Network for scientific research collaborations and Employment Outcomes related to graduates' employment prospects. For these two new indicators - dealt with separately this year and integrated into the ranking from the 2024 edition - Sapienza achieves an excellent result, ranking first in Italy.


QS Ranking by Subjects 2022: Sapienza first in the world for Classics and Ancient History

The Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject, published on April 6, 2022, confirms Sapienza's 1st place worldwide in Classics and Ancient History with a score of 99.2, an increase over last year's score of 96.9; in particular, in the Academic Reputation parameter - one of the five used to draw up the ranking - our University records its best performance by obtaining the maximum score, 100. Sapienza has achieved national leadership in two subjects, Top 100 worldwide in 20 and the Top 50 in six.

Sapienza's results for subject areas:

  • Arts & Humanities jumping to 39th place (+26 positions compared to 2021, first in Italy);
  • Natural Sciences to 44th place (+27 positions compared to 2021, first in Italy);
  • Engineering & Technology to 81st place (+45 positions);
  • Social Sciences & Management to 95th place (+42 positions);
  • Life Sciences & Medicine to 123rd place (+15 positions).

At the "discipline" level, in addition to the world record for Classics and Ancient History, Sapienza is also 10 in the world for Archaeology. The national records, which have risen to 15 from last year's 8, are Archaeology; Anthropology; Biological Sciences; Classics & Ancient History; Development Studies; English Language & Literature; History; Law; Library & Information Management; Nursing; Philosophy; Physics & Astronomy; Psychology; Statistics & Operational Research; Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.

Sapienza is among the best 50 universities worldwide in the following subjects:

  • Classics & Ancient History (1)
  • Archaeology (10)
  • Physics & Astronomy (36)
  • Library & Information Management (44)
  • Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (45)
  • Law (46)


Sapienza first in Italy according to ARTU 2021

On January 21, 2022, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, published the 2021 ranking that combines the three most influential world rankings into a single indicator: Quacquarelli Symonds (Qs), Times Higher Education (The) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Arwu). According to ARTU, Sapienza is first in Italy and 155th globally, up from 162nd position in the 2020 edition.

In Italy, the University of Bologna and the University of Padua follow in 167th and 196th positions, respectively. Internationally, ARTU is led by Harvard University, followed by Stanford in second place, and MIT and Oxford tied for third.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021

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