USI consolidates its position in the QS World University Rankings 2023

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Università della Svizzera italiana consolidates its position in the "top 250" category in the latest QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ World University Rankings. USI maintains 240th place out of 1,400 universities reviewed.

"USI is pleased to have confirmed its good ranking along with the rest of the Swiss university system. Together with seven of our other Swiss sister universities, we are, in fact, part of the so-called top 250. USI’s most appreciated features are its internationality and the very favourable students-professors ratio," stresses USI’s Deputy Rector Lorenzo Cantoni. "Among Italian-speaking universities," he adds, "we are even fourth in the world, surpassed only by universities with a long and prestigious history such as Politecnico Milano, the University of Bologna and the Sapienza University of Rome. "Obviously," concludes the Deputy Rector, "we do not consider this ranking to be a finishing point; quite the contrary: the rankings are also an opportunity to reflect on how to further improve in the areas that are commonly used to measure quality and performance in our target sector."

The QS World University Rankings is one of the most widely used and well-known academic rankings globally, along with the Times Higher Education, another international ranking in which USI is well represented. These rankings are compiled based on the analysis of a substantial amount of data. From these, indicators are developed, such as bibliometric data (citations and references in scientific publications), the impact of research conducted by universities, the quality of teaching and international perspective.


University rankings are based on standard data collection procedures that measure various indicators, with the aim of making comparisons about the quality and performance of universities. Rankings are compiled annually based on the analysis of a substantial amount of data. From these, indicators are produced, such as bibliometric data (citations and references in scientific publications), the impact of research conducted by universities, the quality of teaching, and international perspective. Results may vary among different rankings because there are also differences in the indicators used and their relative weight in the calculation of rankings.


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