Italian universities ranked third in Europe whilst La Sapienza retains its number 1 classics spot in world rankings

La Sapienza University in Rome

ROME – Italian universities have improved their rankings to gain third place in Europe whilst La Sapienza has retained its world leading position in Classical Studies and Ancient History, according to the QS 2023 World University Rankings by Subject published Wednesday. 

 The QS Rankings compares the performance of 15,200 individual university programmes attended by students from over 15,700 universities in 93 countries. 

 In this series of rankings, QS included 56 Italian universities which obtained 530 placings (39 more than last year) in 54 academic disciplines. These disciplines fall into one of eight categories: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Data Science, Marketing and History of Art. 

 Italy has achieved seven places in the world top ten, ranking the country third in Europe, behind Switzerland (32 places) and the Netherlands (16 places) but ahead of France (six), Sweden (five) and Germany (four).

 For the third time, La Sapienza in Rome once again ranked first in the world in Classical Studies and Ancient History, ahead of its historical rivals Oxford and Cambridge. Close behind is the Scuola Normale di Pisa which rose from sixth to fourth place in the same category. 

 In addition to La Sapienza’s world leading position, the Politecnico di Milano, which boasts the highest number of placements among the top 10, 20 and 50, is seventh in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, a subject with very high international competition, and eighth in Art and Design and tenth in Architecture. 

 The Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome has climbed eight positions to rank fourteenth in Political and International Studies and enters the top 50 for its Business and Management course. 

 Rector of the Luiss Guido Carli University, Andrea Prencipe, has commented on its success saying, “This result confirms the acceleration of our university in the development and consolidation of the projects of the strategic plan, consistent with the mission of training cosmopolitan, responsible and aware leaders.”