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Rankings and accreditations

The University of Pisa is amongst the top institutions in the majority of international rankings. According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018, published by the Shanghai JaoTong University, the University of Pisa ranked first in Italy for Mathematics, alongside the Politecnico di Milano, the University of Bologna and La Sapienza di Roma, as well as being ranked second for Physics and Astronomy. This places the University of Pisa amongst the top 10% of universities evaluated worldwide. 

On top of this success, the University of Pisa ranked as twelfth in the world and second in Italy, behind only La Sapienza di Roma, for Ancient Sciences (“Classics” for the Qs rankings).

For the 2018 edition, The QS agency evaluated over 4,500 universities worldwide, the majority of which are in OECD countries and in China, evaluating 48 degree courses divided into 5 macro sectors based on the quality of research and reputation of the institutions.

The University of Pisa is present in all the macro sectors and improved upon last year in all areas: most noticeably, it is amongst the top one hundred universities worldwide for Natural Sciences, with an improvement of four places over the previous year as well as ranking 160th in Engineering and Technology, an improvement of 36 places.

The University’s positive performance in the league tables is backed up by positions achieved in rankings for specific degree programmes: amongst the top 150 for Information Technology and for Electrical Engineering, and amongst the top 200 for Medicine, Pharmacology, Agricultural Sciences, Statistics, Archaeology.

According to the QS Stars classification scheme, Pisa is a four star university, that achieves the top rating of five stars in the fields of research, innovation and accessibility.

According to QS World University Ranking 2019, the University of Pisa ranks 422nd in the world. It is amongst the top 10 in Italy in almost all the 24 subjects out of the the 48 surveyed by QS Rankings. Confirming its distinction in the sectors where the University of Pisa has a long tradition of excellence, Unipi is amongst the top 100 in the world in five subjects: 26th for Classical Studies and Ancient History, 50th for Library and Information Management and between 51st and 100th for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science and Information Systems. The University also ranks between 101st and 150th for Natural Sciences, Statistics and Operational Research, Modern Languages, Archaeology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The University of Pisa ranks instead between 151st and 200th for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Linguistics, Medicine, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering.

The Shanghai ARWU 2018 ranking places the University of Pisa amongst the top 2 - 8 best universities in Italy.


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