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The ranking of Italian universities: Verona and Bocconi win

by Gianni Trovati

The University of Verona takes first place among state universities, while Bocconi in Milan wins among the private schools in Il Sole 24 Ore-Italy24 annual university “quality ranking.”

Verona was the top-ranker for two main reasons: the number of credits that students are able to obtain through internships, and one of the highest post-graduation employment rates. It’s hard not to see a connection.

Those looking for a post-graduate program that offers a lot of work experience in the form of internships and apprenticeships should have a look at the Università degli Studi di Brescia, Università del Piemonte Orientale, or at Università degli Studi di Verona.

Those looking for an international aspect, and therefore want a university which facilitates opportunities to spend part of their academic career abroad, should turn their attention towards IUAV in Venice, or to Università degli Studi di Trento. And for those already thinking about the next step who want an institution with high level doctorate programs and a competitive scientific program, Università di Padova, Politecnico di Torino and especially Verona should not be overlooked.

Verona's leap forward in the state university rankings, and Bocconi's leap forward in private universities are what characterize the newest edition of university “quality rankings” that Il Sole 24 Ore-Italy24 compiles annually thanks to the information provided by the databases of the Ministry of University and ANVUR, Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems.

Starting from the general results, the first difference from last year’s ranking stems from the fact that rankings for both private and state universities are led by one school each.

In the first group, which is obviously larger, Verona leads alone, while last year it shared first place with Trento, which came in second place in the latest ranking. This year, third place is shared by two universities, as l'Alma Mater di Bologna pulls up next to il Politecnico di Milano.

Moving on to the private universities, Bocconi and Luiss knock San Raffaele off of the top. Milan's Bocconi University excels in nearly every category, from its appeal to students from many regions, its faculty, along with a very low transfer rate (93 out of 100 students confirm their decision in their second year) and the many international experiences of those enrolled.