Unipd achieves top results in the QS Europe University Rankings


Today, 20 September 2023, the first edition of the QS Europe University Ranking published its results. As one of the most internationally accredited ranking agencies, this year marks the 20th edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking publications. Debuting a new specific ranking scheme, the QS agency evaluated 690 European institutions from 42 independent states for which 52 universities are considered. Within this specified ranking scheme, Padua places in the 13th percentile for the best European universities.

The QS Europe University Ranking focuses exclusively on European universities, whose geographical, cultural and legislative proximity makes them more likely to be comparable. New indicators introduced in this specific evaluation include Inbound Exchange Student Ration and Outbound Exchange Student Ration. The weight of some of the indicators, which include those in the QS World University Ranking, have also changed.

Among the various indicators considered by the QS Europe University Ranking, the University of Padua enjoys a national record in the Sustainability indicator (which focuses on the social and environmental impact of universities within the scope of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2023 Agenda), ranking Padua 23rd at a European level. The solidarity and quality of international research developed by those at the University of Padua with other European institutions is marked by the International Research Network indicator (measures and evaluates studies published with foreign co-authors), positioning Padua in second place in Italy and 49th place across Europe. The University of Padua ranks 89th at a Southern European level and fourth in Italy.

University of Padua Joint Degree Delegate and International Ranking Mara Thiene remarks, “The result of the QS Europe University Ranking confirms the excellent role the University of Padua holds in higher education. It is a pleasure to be recognised for the vast amount of effort made in offering innovative teaching and excellent research results as we pursue a high level of both environmental and social sustainability. We are aware of the role we have in training students who are attentive to sustainability issues, we will certainly continue to focus on this as a key aspect for future generations.”

As with any evaluation, the methodology and its limitations must be understood to clarify its meaning.  Therefore transparency and analysis of the tools for its critical understanding are accessible on a dedicated section of the UniPd website at www.unipd.it/ranking.