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Sapienza, one of the top Italian universities, also ranks amongst the best universities according to the most authoritative international rankings published in 2015.
US News 2015
The US News Report, which was published during the month of October, ranks Sapienza 148th worldwide, only preceded by University of Bologna (142nd) and followed by the University of Padua (150th). The US News Rankings, which analyses the 750 most prestigious universities worldwide, places three American universities at the top: Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California-Berkeley. The Report assesses universities on the basis of 12 indicators that measure the quality of research and the academic reputation of each university.
THE (Times Higher Education)
Sapienza climbs to fourth place in Italy in the 2015 edition of the THE Rankings, published on September 30, 2015. It places in the 201-250 range worldwide (together with the University of Bologna and the Politecnico di Milano), preceded by the Scuola Normale di Pisa (112th), the Scuola superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa (180th) and the University of Trento (198th). Moreover, Sapienza enjoyed a net improvement in terms of “research quality” placing 183rd worldwide.
QS World University Rankings 2015-2016
The new QS edition (released on September 15, 2015) lists 26 Italian universities: the Politecnico di Milano (187th), University of Bologna (204th) and Sapienza (213th). Italian academic excellence is also clearly represented in the macro-study areas that integrate the QS World University Rankings. Sapienza ranks well in Natural Sciences (first in Italy and 80th worldwide), Humanities (second in Italy and 94th worldwide), Medicine and Human Sciences (third in Italy and 140th worldwide), Engineering (fourth in Italy and 149th worldwide), and Social Sciences and Management (fourth in Italy and 196th worldwide).
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Sapienza also fares well in the rankings published by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University on August 15, 2015. The Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings analyse the 500 best universities around the world. Sapienza places first amongst Italian universities in the 151-200 range (as in 2014) and is followed by the Universities of Pisa, Milano, Padua and Turin and in the 201-300 range by the University of Bologna, the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Florence. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) analyses a series of rigorous indicators developed by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, including Nobel Prizes and Academic Awards, Research Quality (published papers and cited researchers) and the “performance-to-students enrolled” ratio. The first 100 universities in the Shanghai Ranking receive points based on these parameters, while the remaining 400 are ranked in groups of 50 or 100. Sapienza is the top Italian university in the 151-200 range (along with four other Italian universities) with a score of 19.9.
The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR), which was published in July 2015, confirmed Sapienza as the top Italian university and ranked it 112th worldwide. The CWUR Rankings, which list the top 1000 universities worldwide, includes 47 Italian universities. The rankings are based on 8 indicators: quality of public education (measured in terms of number of alumni to university size who have won international awards), graduate employment rate (number of alumni who are CEOs in top global companies), quality of faculty (number of academics who have won international awards), publications (number of research articles published in prestigious journals), influence (number of research articles published in prestigious journals), number of citations in journals, “broad impact” and the number of deposited international patents.
CWUR ranks Sapienza as the first Italian university, followed by the University of Padua (169th), University of Milan (172nd), University of Bologna (208th), Turin (221st), Florence (247th), “Federico II” University of Naples (268th), University of Pisa (295°), Rome “Tor Vergata” (317th) and Pavia (327th).
Once again the top place goes to Harvard, while Stanford ranks second. Cambridge in fourth place is the best European university, while the top Asian university is Tokyo.
Sapienza also ranked well in the “QS World University Rankings by Subject” published on April 29, 2015 and which analyses 3551 universities. These special rankings compare the best universities worldwide in terms of individual subjects. Sapienza is present with 25 subjects in the Top 200, and 8 subjects ranks in the Top 100: Modern Languages, Computer Sciences and Information Systems, Modern Languages and Literature, Engineering - Electrical and Electronic, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Statistics and Operational Research. In particular, “Physics and Astronomy” placed 22nd, climbing one position from last year and featuring once again as the top subject area for Sapienza University. Other improvements include: “Electrical and Electronic Engineering” and “Computer Sciences and Information Systems.”