University of Milan in the front line against Covid-19: number one in Europe and fourth in the world
The University of Milan has claimed an important record: with 287 published articles on Covid-19 in the first semester of 2020, the acclaimed journal Science has recognized it as the European university with most publications in the fight against Covid-19.
Ranked 4th in the world, its position just below the Harvard Medical School and two Wuhan universities is proof of the institution's dedication to innovation. When the ranking is extended to research entities, the University of Milan is surpassed only by the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in France.
The active involvement of the University of Milan in the study of the pandemic should not come as a surprise. La Statale has long been a European research center of excellence, being the only Italian university member of the prestigious League of European Research Universities (LERU) – which includes the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, UCL, La Sorbonne, and other illustrious institutions.
The Lombardy region in Italy has been one of the most affected worldwide by the pandemic, and the scenario of the first outbreak recorded in the European continent. Hopefully, the skills of Italian researchers will be a great contribution to the fight against the pandemic and will provide the scientific community more tools to understand and deal with a threat that has already proven to be more devastating than previous crises.
This recognition can be a great occasion to restore and reaffirm the prestige of the city of Milan and its human capital, which unfortunately have been subject of press recognition mostly due to the harshness with which they were hit by the pandemic.
For further information on the research activity of the University of Milan on Covid-19, you can visit the official website of the university.