Italian universities are climbing the ranking of the best universities in the world, and Italy confirms itself as a centre of absolute excellence for advanced studies and quality teaching.
The seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, which lists the thousand best universities in the world, includes 36 Italian universities, two more than the previous edition. Also, the Italian universities improving their ranking, such as the Politecnico di Milano (137th in the ranking) which, rising by twelve positions, confirms for the sixth consecutive year the first Italian University. The ancient University of Bologna also gained seventeen positions, jumping to 160th place. In comparison, the Sapienza University of Rome climbed thirty-two positions, conquering the 171st place. The Politecnico of Turin also performed well, advancing by forty positions to 308th place. In total, thirteen Italian Universities rise in the ranking. Four universities represent new entries: the first is the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, followed by the Libera Università di Bolzano (Free University of Bozen), the University of Calabria region and the Università Politecnica of Marche region. With 36 classified universities, Italy is the seventh most represented country in the world in this edition of the Qs World University Rankings and the third in Europe, after the United Kingdom and Germany. The University of Bologna is the most appreciated by the international academic community, followed by Sapienza University. The Politecnico of Milan is the most appreciated by international recruiters; Bicocca University in Milan is the first in Italy and 115th in the world for Citations per Faculty, the indicator that measures the influence of the research produced, followed by the University Federico II of Naples. The University Vita-Salute San Raffaele is the first in Italy and thirty-seventh in the world for the proportion of teachers-students, followed by the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The Libera Università di Bolzano has, instead, the Italian primacy for the proportion of international professors and, finally, the Politecnico of Milan for the proportion of international students.
QS World University Rankings' prestigious analysis is based on rigorous research that includes the opinions of over 100,000 lecturers, academics, and researchers and 51,649 human resources managers and directors. It also includes the analysis of 18,530,368 scientific publications and 138,397,765 citations.