Thursday, 1 October 2015

International ranking Times Higher Education: for the fist time the University of Trento among the top 200 in the world

L'Ateneo trentino è al 198° posto su 800 istituzioni dei cinque continenti.

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The University of Trento managed to enter among the top 200 universities in the world, it says THE - Times Higher Education 2015/2016 ranking.

A result to be proud of, according to Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings: «For the University of Trento to make the198th place in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated». Baty goes on: « The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, at its 12th edition, by applying very rigorous standards carries out one of the most rigid global comparison about  the key mission of a research university: education, research, knowledge transfer and international ranking. The results are considered trustworthy by students and their families, by academics, university leaders and public administrators. For the University of Trento to make the198th place in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated».

The rector Paolo Collini is proud of it: «We know every ranking has its limits and there always are discussions about the parameters to choose and the interpretation of the results. That said, the University of Trento is always present in high positions in the national and international rankings. It is this consistency which certifies the value of our atheneum. And, as in this case, if we are able to manage a prominent position, this can only make us happy. To be among the top 200 universities in the world it means we overtook a quality threshold. It indicates our University is competitive, and by all means one of the institutions which will be even more attractive to whoever has the desire of an international environment where to study, do research and for an innovative approach to didactics».

Decisive for the result was the indicator of the citations, which measures the influence of the research activities of the Trentino Atheneum. The source is the Elsevier Scopus bibliometrics data. There are 800 universities present in THE, they have been selected among 1.126 institutions. 11 million publications were screened and 11 thousand interviews to academics assessed. THE ranking employs 13 performance indicators grouped in five families (education, research, knowledge transfer, international ranking, industrial innovation).

In addition to the University of Trento there are, among the top 200 Universities in the world, also two special status Institutions: the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento "Sant'Anna" in Pisa.

In the press release is available a table with the associated results in relation to the 5 indicators’ families.