La Sapienza in Rome is the best university in the world for classical studies

The best university in the world for classical studies and ancient history? It is Sapienza in Rome, followed by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. These are the results of the 2023 QS World University Rankings. Politecnico di Milano ranks first for architecture.

The best university in the world for classical studies and ancient history? La Sapienza in Rome, Caput mundi. This is the supremacy certified by QS World University Rankings by Subject, the ranking elaborated through qualitative parameters of the teachings and by the ’reputation’ among insiders such as professors and employers. Looking at the Italian rankings by subject, we find at the top the Milan Polytechnic in ’Art and Design’ and ’Architecture,’ La Sapienza for ’Archaeology’ and Ca’ Foscari for those who want to study in the field of tourism.

First in the overall ranking is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. The research was conducted on the universities of 93 countries comparing more than 15 thousand study paths where the supremacy, although the first university in history was born in Italy (the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna), is conquered by the English-speaking countries: and United States with 32 first places and the United Kingdom with 15. But Italy, however, is by far the seventh nation in the world for number of places. In the overall ranking we find to carry the tricolor high the Polytechnic of Milan (position 139); Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna (167); University of Rome La Sapienza (171); University of Padua (243); and University of Milan (324).

The ranking also breaks down by discipline and in the macro area ’Classics & Ancient History,’ precisely, La Sapienza is first worldwide with a score of 98.7 followed by the prestigious universities of Oxford (94.1) and Cambridge (93) with the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in fourth place. In Italy, after La Sapienza and Normale we have the University of Pisa, the Alma Mater of Bologna, the Federico II of Naples and from Ca’ Foscari of Venice.

In the macro area ’Arts and Humanities’ in first place worldwide is Oxford followed by Cambridge and Harvard with La Sapienza first among Italian universities in 39th place. Within this macro area we find the area ’Architecture and the Built Environment’ with Politecnico di Milano in first place. Looking at Italy for ’Architecture and Constructive Environment’ after the Milan Polytechnic we have the Turin Polytechnic, La Sapienza, the Iauv University of Venice and the University of Bologna.

In the Italian section of ’Art and Design’ Milan is the capital with no less than 5 placings in the top 8: excelling, as mentioned, is the Milan Polytechnic followed by that of Turin and the Domus Academy also in Milan. Below the podium we have 3 other Milanese placings: the NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts, the Istituto Marangoni, the IED - European Institute of Design in Milan, and followed by La Sapienza.

For those who want to study Archaeology in Italy QS establishes as the best La Sapienza followed by Bologna, Pisa, University of Padua and Ca’ Foscari.

Also interesting is the area of tourism with the selection of the best courses of study collected in the section "Hospitality and Leisure Management“ (”Hospitality and Leisure Management"). Here Switzerland takes the lead, with seven among the top eight in the world: first place is for the EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne. The second place is snatched by Las Vegas with the University of Nevada while the third is the prerogative of SHMS - Swiss Hospitality School of Caux.

And in Italy? Our country, although vocated to tourism since time immemorial for the varied attractiveness it expresses in several fields, does not have a great tradition of teaching for this sector, left mostly to craftsmanship and self-taught family management the training of its many workers. Standing out is the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, which, with a degree course created only a few years ago, has quickly established itself in this field by placing in the Top 100 worldwide. In Italy after Ca’ Foscari’s “Hospitality Innovation and e-tourism” we have the University of Bologna and Iulm in Milan. The course of study at the Venetian university stands out for being all in English and for its genesis: born from the meeting and collaboration with a state financial institution such as Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and Th Group, a leading player on the Italian tourism scene. It is a training project built on the model of the great Swiss hotellerie schools, and Finestre sull’Arte had covered this in the past by interviewing Th Group president Graziano Debellini. “Together with Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice,” Debellini explains in the interview with Finestre sull’Arte, “we created the first course comparable to the schools there are in Switzerland, I think in Lausanne. There has been too much self-taught tourism in Italy: we need to consolidate experience and knowledge that will allow the sector to have all the requirements for success.”

La Sapienza in Rome is the best university in the world for classical studies
La Sapienza in Rome is the best university in the world for classical studies