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Sapienza Improves International Ranking

Sapienza University confirms its placement amongst the top Italian universities and its ranking of excellence at the global level.


CENSIS, an Italian socio-economic research centre founded in 1964, has published its annual ranking of public and private Italian universities. The analysis is based on a series of benchmarks - services, scholarships and grants, structures, communication, digital services and internationalisation – in relation to the number of enrolled students.

Amongst large universities, with over 40,000 enrolled students, Sapienza has improved its position from last year’s fifth to this year’s fourth place, increasing its score from 85.2 to 86.8. The result was obtained thanks to a significant improvement in student services, communication and digital services, as well as the university’s growing internationalisation.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

In the international Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by disciplines, published on June 28, Sapienza is first in Italy in thirteen academic areas:

  • Physics: 29th worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Geography, 101-150 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Automation & Control, 23rd worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Instruments Sciences, 33rd worldwide, 1st in Italy;  
  • Civil Engineering, 45th worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Aerospace Engineering, 26th worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Human Biological Sciences, 101-150 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Ecology, 101-150 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Materials science, 101-150 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Nano-science, 101-150 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Environmental science, 201-300 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Medical technology, 51-75 worldwide, 1st in Italy; 
  • Statistics, 51-75 worldwide, 1st in Italy;

ARWU Rankings, which are developed by the University of Shanghai, address natural sciences, life sciences, engineering, medicine and social sciences.

QS World University Rankings

Sapienza University has also improved its positioning in the QS World University Rankings, one of the main organisations ranking international universities, along with the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

In the new ranking, published on June 8, 2017, Sapienza places 215th, climbing 8 positions compared to last year’s 223rd place, a clear improvement of Sapienza’s international academic reputation. In fact, the opinions of over 75,000 academics from around the world, rank Sapienza as the second university in Italy and 86th the overall (climbing 4 positions compared to last year). Moreover, Sapienza’s business reputation improves too: 233rd over last year’s 279th position.

Quacquarelli Symonds has analyzed over 4000 universities this year and has ranked 956 universities, based on a range of criteria, including academic and employer opinions, citations, teaching resources, number of teachers and international students.