La Sapienza rises in world university rankings.Rome's Università La Sapienza is the top university in Italy according to the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, a prestigious independent research organisation on higher education.
La Sapienza holds the 153rd position, in the 151-200 range, which also includes Italy's University of Pisa and the Statale di Milano, in second and third place respectively. A total of 46 Italian universities are included in the 2019 ARWU ranking.
The result is an improvement on last year's ARWU ranking of La Sapienza in the 201-300 range, after being in the 151-200 range from 2014 until 2017. However it is still a far cry from the 70th place it enjoyed in the inaugural ARWU rankings in 2003, slipping to the 101-150 range from 2008 until 2013.
The 2019 ranking has been welcomed by La Sapienza president Eugenio Gaudio who described the result as a "remarkable leap forward."
The news comes after La Sapienza was ranked first in the world for Classical Studies and Ancient History in the 2019 edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, released in March.
Launched in 2003, ARWU ranks the world's top 1,800 universities - out of a global total of 17,000 - publishing the top 1,000.
World universities are ranked using criteria such as the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly-cited researchers, and per capita academic performance.
The world's top three universities in 2019 according to ARWU are Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge.
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