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International Rankings

The International Rankings are acquiring a growing relevance for their key role in the capacity enhancement of HE Institutions and Systems to attract students and researchers.


The EC in the last 20 years has funded specific programmes for the enhancement of the EHEA attractiveness and in the last 10 years about half of the students who decide to study abroad – more than doubled – choose a European institution.
The international rankings provide people with a great support in choosing the country and the institution where studying and making research, since they:
- allow a comparison of the best universities on several indicators; n. of students, n. of teachers, n. of foreign students and staff, citations, reputation, awards and funds;
- provide a detailed comparative assessment of the study fields;
- carry on an assessment of methods and actions put in place for favouring personal and professional growth.
Thus, for an institution, a good positioning in these rankings represents a relevant opportunity to promote its image all over the world.

The main international Rankings and the used methodologies

It is important to observe that any method used to assess the complexity of a university in the implementation of its three missions, has its own limits and distortions.
Thus, in order to read the results under a correct perspective, it is fundamental to be acquainted with the methodologies used by the most renowned rankings, as well as it is important to know that among more than 18.000 accredited higher institutions only 1.000 (less than 6%) are ranked. Thus, being among the first 1.000 universities in the world, is a great result especially for an Italian State University whose performance is constrained in several indicators such as public funds (among the lowest in Europe), teachers/students ratio, attractiveness of talents (low and fixed salaries) due to the HE system organization.
A better representation of the universities is provided by the rankings by subject, since they are assessed against comparable data that highlight the present excellent disciplines and fields.

The main rankings to which UnivAQ takes part

ARWU Shanghai Academic Ranking
The University is among the top 900 in 2021 (top 800 in 2020) and top 40 in Italy.
In the subject ranking UnivAQ is listed among:
- 76-100 in Instruments Science & Technology (3° in Italy)
- 76-100 in Automation & Control (4° in Italy)
- 151-200 in Mathematics (8-12 in Italy)
- 201-300 in Atmospheric Science (1-4 in Italy)
- 401-500 in Materials Science and Engineering (9-16 in Italy)
- 401-500 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (14-23 in Italy)

THE WUR - Times Higher Education World University Ranking
University of L’Aquila is ranked among 501-600 and 27-37 in Italy
In the ranking by subject UnivAQ is listed among
- 301-400 in Engineering (9-21 in Italy)
- 301-400 in Life Science (5-29 in Italy)
- 401-500 in Computer Science (12-19 in Italy)
- 401-500 in Physical Sciences (17-28 in Italy)
- 501-600 in Clinical and Health (25-34 in Italy)

With three A, twelve B and eight C, UnivAQ is in the middle-high position in Italy.

THE Impact Rankings
In the 2022 edition where the overall ranking includes 1.406 universities from 106 countries (respectively, 288 universities and 12 countries more than last year), UnivAQ has been ranked among the top 300, 5th in Italy. The best results have been obtained for:
- SDG4 Quality of Education: 10th globally, 2nd in Italy
- SDG5 Gender Equality: 89th globally, 5th in Italy
- SDG8 Decent work and Economic growth: 90th globally and 5th in Italy
Moreover, it is 1st in Italy in SDG13, 3rd in SDG12, 4th in SDG3 and 5th in SDG10.

UI GreenMetric
UnivAQ is ranked 37th globally and 5th in Italy. In the indicator Education (ED) is listed as 10th globally and 1st in Italy.

UnivAQ Ranking - The last results