Listed below are the latest ranking results of Università della Svizzera italiana. In the national and international comparison, USI proves that it is worthy of the trust of those who choose to study in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland and of those who elect USI as a research partner.



USI is present in the two leading global academic ranking providers, the Times Higher Education (THE) and the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS):

  • QS World University Rankings 2022
    240th globally

    (out of 1300 universities considered)
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  • THE Young University Rankings 2021
    37th worldwide

    among ‘young’ universities (less than 50 years old)
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  • THE World University Rankings 2021
    Range 251-300

    (out of 1527 universities considered)
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  • THE World's Best Small Universities 2021
    14th worldwide

    among small universities.
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  • QS Top 50 Under 50 2021
    26th worldwide

    among ‘young’ universities (less than 50 years old)
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In addition to the global university rankings, USI has made significant progress in subject area rankings:

  • THE 2021 Subject Rankings
    with important results in three of the eleven subject areas, namely Computer Science, Economics and Social Sciences
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  • Forschungsmonitoring
    with very high scores in the rankings that measure the impact of research in Economics, especially when referring to the most prestigious academic journals of the field
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  • Financial Times
    in which the USI Master in Finance ranks among the top 50 globally in this field
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What is a university ranking?

Academic rankings are based on standard data collection procedures that measure different indicators, for the purpose of making comparisons on the quality and performance of universities. The rankings are compiled annually, based on the analysis of a very large amount of data, producing indicators such as bibliometric data (citations and references in scientific publications), the impact of research performed by universities, the quality of teaching, and the international outlook. The results may vary between rankings because there are differences in the indicators used and their weight in the calculations.

Although Università della Svizzera italiana has obtained significant results in recent times, especially in relation to its age and size, these rankings should be considered with due caution, as they represent only one of many elements that define the quality of a university.


More information on the most popular international rankings

  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings
    Times Higher Education (THE) publishes a ranking of universities around the world. In addition to its achievements in the areas of teaching and research, a university's international reputation plays a role in determining its rank. This ranking uses a weighting of 38.5% for Scopus data (citations 30%, productivity 6% and international outlook 2.5%), 33% for reputation and 28.5% for self-reported data (number of staff, students, PhDs achieved, university income).
  • QS World University Rankings
    QS World University Rankings is another ranking of higher education institutions worldwide. This ranking uses a 50% weighting for reputation and only 20% for Scopus data (citations), while the remaining 30% is based on self-reported data (number of employees and students) and internationalisation.