International ranking

QS World University Rankings

June 2020: the University of Padua is the world’s 216th best university, according to one of the most prestigious international university rankings. In the 17th edition of the QS World University Rankings, released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the University of Padua rose 18 places compared to last yearentering the top 19% of over 1,600 evaluated institutions. Since 2017, the University of Padua has climbed up 116 places in the QS ranking, improving every year and performing well especially in “Academic Reputation” and “Citations per Faculty”.

On Wednesday, February 26, 2019, the QS published their ranking results "by subject", in the scientific areas.  QS, one of the most accredited international agencies, publishes it ranking and evaluating of institutions of higher education worldwide.  The overall result positions the University of Padua among the top 150 global universities in regards to the 5-macro areas of reference.  This standing comes from the more than 1,100 universities considered by the QS rankings system and the approximately 18,000 institutions surveyed worldwide.

Center for World University Rankings – CWUR

June 2020: The University of Padua represents one of the best Italian environment for innovative studies and cutting-edge research, according also to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). In the recently published CWUR global university ranking 2020/2021, in fact, Padua ranks 164th in the world and second in Italy, after La Sapienza University of Rome. “Research Performance” is the CWUR highest ranked indicator for University of Padua, which ranks 108th globally in this specific metric.

Times Higher Education (THE)

On October 19, 2019 the British ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE) announced their results of the best universities in the world in relation to the scientific area of Psychology. Under this particular ranking, the University of Padua has improved its position by about 50;in comparison to that of the previous edition. This places Unipd for the first time among the Top100 universities worldwide, specifically, in 67th place. The Times Higher Education adds that the University of Padua is the best university in Italy to study Psychology.

On September 11, 2019, Times Higher Education published its latest ranking, placing Unipd in the 201-250th standing internationally, after the approximately 150 places it recovered from in the previous edition. These results maintain that Unipd sits in 4th place on the national field and second, among the great universities.  In the five evaluation parameters examined, the increase in the didactic macro-parameter, teaching, is significant. It is here where the University of Padua improved its position by 40, enlisting it from 217th to 177th place on a world scale. With reference to the other parameters, the citation indicator holds the highest score of 80.2 out of possible 100, demonstrating the impact of quality and the high international recognition enjoyed by the University's scientific departments.

Best Global Universities ranking

A good performance from Padua in the 2021 edition of the Best Global Universities Rankings, created by the American newspaper "US News & World Report": Unipd reached to 114th place in the 2021 global ranking (the previous edition was 116th), and at 2nd place among all Italian universities, tied with Sapienza of Rome.

The ranking is based on the data of about 1,500 universities in over 80 countries worldwide. The data considers both qualitative parameters, such as reputation in the scientific field, and quantitative indicators, such as publications, citations and international collaborations.


Best Global Universities for Gastroenterology and Hepatology 

The three University of Padua Schools includes those specialising in Diseases of Cardiovascular Apparatus Diseases of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Digestive Diseases. Included with the University of Padua’s Graduate School of Digestive System Diseaseseight Italian universities have been ranked among the world’s top 100 Best Global Universities for Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2021.

The American company, US News and World Report publishes the prestigious ranking of organizations and derives rankings through its analyses. The ranking in question analyses the reputation of various medical disciplines among 1748 academic institutions within 86 different nations, including 58 Italian universities, by evaluating the quality of their academic performance.


On October 22, 2019, the Best Global Universities Rankings of 2020, by the American newspaper, "US News & World Report", published its 6th edition. Ranking the University of Padua for the second time at 116th in its general ranking, while placing the University of Bologna infirst place among all Italian universities.Based on 13 different indicators, the performance of each university is analysed at a local and global level in relation to research and reputation acquired. The ranking examined 1,500 universities in 81 different countries worldwide. The evaluation comprises of 30 different indicators, including citations, conferences, international collaborations as well as the number of books and publications produced, along with many other factors.  In the classification of single subjects, among the 26 taken into consideration, Padua achieves thebest results among Italian universitiesin electrical and electronic engineering, molecular and genetic biology, plant and animal science, psychiatry and psychology, as well as space sciences.

On October 30, 2018, on theBest Global Universitieslist the University of Padovaearns eighteen positions, moving from 140 to 122 place worldwide and winning the first place in Italy, along with the University of Bologna. The University of Padova confirms its outstanding performance for the Research productivity and impact, reaching the top 100 of the world universities in the following indicators: “Publications”, “Total Citations” and “Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited”. Across the 22 subject rankings, the University of Padova obtains the best results in the “Space Science” area, where it ranks 23 worldwide and enters the top100 global universities for Agricultural Sciences (78), Engineering (80) and Physics (89).

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings

As part of the 2020 edition of the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, the ranking that evaluates academic institutions based on to practice and performance in the field of sustainability, the University of Padua recorded an important result, ranking at the 157th position worldwide and improving by over 150 positions compared to 2019.
This result is even more relevant when we consider the significant increase in the number of participating universities, from 780 to 

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Excellent performance for the University of Padua in the 2020 evaluation of the Chinese agency Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, linked to the University of Shanghai. The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020, which takes into account more than 4000 universities from 90 countries around the world, evaluates universities "by discipline" in 5 different fields: natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social Sciences. The results of the survey, published on 29 June, put the University of Padua on the podium several times and among the best universities in the world.

In particular, Padua is first in Italy for:

• Water resources (23rd in the world)
• Agricultural Sciences (49th in the world)
• Telecommunications engineering (range 50-75 worldwide)
• Statistics (76-100)
• Medical technologies (50-75)
• Psychology (101-150), together with La Sapienza
• Earth Sciences (101-150)
• Ecology (151-200)
• Educational Sciences (151-200)

According to the Chinese ranking, there are many other subjects in which Unipd excels, among which we should note Physics, for which it ranks as second in Italy and 34th worldwide, and for Automation & Control (second and 38th).