International Partnerships & Ranking

The University of Naples “Parthenope” (UNP) has been awarded as one of Italy’s leading research universities by ANVUR (The Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes). UNP was ranked #7 out of 61 universities in “Quality of Research” (R1&R2 indicators)  and #2 out of 15 when compared with the universities of similar size.Taking into consideration the quality of research of new hiring researchers amid universities of  similar size, UNP is ranked as #1 out of 15. UNP has accomplished an outstanding score, resulting in the first Southern University in all the ranking related to the “quality of research” indicators.


The ranking is part of the Research Quality Assessment exercises (Valutazione della QualitĂ  della Ricerca, VQR) carried out by ANVUR. This assessment aims to evaluate the research outcomes of public universities and research institutes. The evaluation considers the research output of each Italian University between 2015-2018.The number of research products (scientific articles, books, case studies, etc..) submitted by all the universities is 182,648 and the number of reviewers involved has been about 11.951. These numbers give a snapshot of the assessment efforts’ and magnitude.
Each reviewer had to assess by considering the Originality, the methodological sturdiness, and the impact of each research product. Then, a score has been assigned among the following categories,
a) Excellent and Extremely Relevant (ECR)- SCORE 1
b) Excellent (EC) -SCORE 0.8
c) Standard (ST) -SCORE0.5
d) Sufficient Relevance (SUF)- SCORE 0.2
e) Low Relevance or Unacceptable – (SR) SCORE 0


The University of Naples Parthenope has been named as one of the world’s top 1,000 universities according to the 2022 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released on 9th June 2021.

The rankings, compiled by global higher education analysts QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), examined about 1,300 universities worldwide. Each institution has been assessed according to five key metrics (you can look at the QS methodology here). The best performance was in “Citations per Faculty” indicator, where the University of Naples Parthenope was ranked 342st in the world. 


University of Naples “Parthenope” ranks in the top 5% out of 19,788 universities worldwide according to the 2022-23 edition of the Global 2000 list by The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the largest academic rankings of global universities.

The rankings are unique in that:

  • Objective indicators are used for all four key pillars underlying the methodology of the ranking (education, employability, faculty, and research) with no reliance on surveys and university data submissions
  • Equal emphasis is put on student-related and faculty-related indicators
  • 19,788 universities are ranked according to their academic performance The complete list is available form the following link

Furthermore, the University of Naples Parthenope has also been ranked by the global university ranking program U-Multirank,  an independent consortium wanted and funded by the European Commission, that uses an innovative approach to the international ranking of universities on a like-with-like basis, scoring all results into one out of five tiers. The last year’s results indicate that Parthenope has been ranked 37 out of 81 among Italian universities and 8 out of 81 for international co-autorships.


In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, the University of Naples Parthenope is ranked in the 601-800 band. Times Higher Education is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world; it represents one of the world’s most influential university ranking (with almost five decades of experience). The Times Higher Education World University Rankings judges research-intensive universities across their core missions: teaching, research, research influence, international outlook, and knowledge transfer. They use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry, and governments.