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The 2021 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE), released on September 2, places our University amongst the top 100 in the world for quality of teaching. On August 15, 2020, the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 (ARWU) confirmed Sapienza amongst the top Italian universities and the best worldwide.

The 2021 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE), published on September 2, 2020, rewards Sapienza by placing it amongst the top 100 universities for high-quality teaching. The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 (Arwu), a ranking of the top 1000 universities worldwide released on August 15, 2020, also confirmed Sapienza amongst the three best Italian universities.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, released on September 2, Sapienza improves its position in the world ranking, entering the 201-250 range, compared to the 251-300 bracket in 2019; nationally our University reaches the fourth position compared to the sixth position in 2020. In particular, for the “Teaching” indicator, related to teaching, Sapienza reaches the best result amongst Italian universities and is the only one in the top 100 worldwide. The parameter for “teaching” is based on an academic survey, and on data such as ratio students/teachers, PhDs awarded/degrees awarded, PhDs awarded/number of professors, and institutional turnover. The other top Italian universities in the “THE 2021” are the Alma Mater in Bologna, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, and the Normale Scuola Superiore also in Pisa.

The Arwu ranking, released on August 15 by the independent organization Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, placed Sapienza in the 151-200 range and among the first three Italian universities. In the same range, the Universities of Pisa and Milan soon followed the Polytechnic University of Milan, the Universities of Bologna, Padua and Turin in the 201-300 bracket. Arwu analyses the best 1000 universities in the world out of 2000 surveyed and about 18,000 monitored.

2020 has been a year of great satisfaction for Sapienza in terms of international success. The General ARWU Rankings follow the ARWU Rankings by Subject (published in June) addressing Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Social Sciences and in which Sapienza ranked among the best nationally and internationally in a range of subjects: Aerospace Engineering (1st in Italy and 24th in the world), Automation & Control (1st in Italy and 28th worldwide), Physics (1st in Italy and 29th worldwide) and Mathematics (in the 1-4 bracket in Italy and 51-75 worldwide). Again in June, the University was confirmed in first place in Italy for the international rankings published by the Centre for World University Rankings (Cwur), placing itself in 114th position among the Top 0.6% of the approximately 20 thousand universities surveyed; Sapienza also placed third nationally in the QS (Quacquarelli Simonds) World University Rankings 2021 and among the top 200 universities in the world, in 171st place, up 32 positions compared to last year. In February, the QS agency’s ranking by subjects had given Sapienza the second place in the world in Classics after two consecutive years of absolute supremacy, just behind the University of Oxford.

“Sapienza University confirms its prestige on the international scene, achieving a significant result for a public university with large numbers and a generalist vocation like ours” – says Rector Eugenio Gaudio. “The result is positive overall for the entire Italian university system which, even if it is not represented in the first 150 positions monopolised by the wealthy Anglo-Saxon universities, sees more than 2/3 of the Italian universities (42 out of 67 state universities in addition to 4 private universities) in the top 1000 among the top 6% worldwide. In this scenario, the excellent performance of Sapienza emerges, linked to the excellence in research, the richness of the disciplinary fields, as well as the centuries-old cultural and educational tradition of the university. This year, characterised by the COVID-19 medical emergency, the interdisciplinary nature and sharing of knowledge, a common feature of generalist universities, has proved to be the functional tool for the restart and relaunch of the country as never before”.

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