Bellinzona – The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) was included in the university rankings compiled by Times Higher Education for the first time this year. It ranked second worldwide in the international outlook category.

This year, the USI has for the first time been included in the World University Rankings compiled by Times Higher Education (THE). The rankings considered almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries. On its first inclusion, the USI went straight into the top 350 universities worldwide.

According to the press release, the USI’s prestigious ranking is largely down to its impressive international outlook. It scored 99.6 points in the corresponding category, putting the university at number two worldwide. The rank reportedly reflects the many international scientific collaborations of members of the USI's academic community. Based on the data collected by Scopus, publications with international authors and co-authors of the USI reach 65 percent.

The USI shares the second spot with the Macau University of Science and Technology and Qatar University, with only City University of Hong Kong placing higher. The USI also did well for the number of citations, scoring 74.6 in the corresponding category.

Founded in 1996, the USI is a relatively young university. Despite this, it has recently appeared in a number of other international rankings alongside the Times Higher Education ranking. These included the Shanghai Ranking and the Financial Times Global Masters Ranking. In the latter, the university was distinguished for its Master in Finance, which was chosen as one of the 40 best master courses in the world in this subject area.

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