Genoa - Within the academic world of maritime economics, the University of Genoa is one of the major schools, together with the Technical University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, the Universities of Antwerp, Plymouth, and Rotterdam, the Technical University of Delft and a few other institutions.
The confirmation of its membership in this elite club comes from a scientific article entitled “Top 50 authors, affiliations and countries in maritime research”, which was published in an academic journal of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.
The authors of the study, a South Korean professor and three researchers at Inhea University in Incheon have sifted through the scientific production of the period 2000-2015 at f ifty universities worldwide and concluded that the University of Genoa is among the top ten.
The growth of the maritime industry, the South Korean authors write, “poses new challenges for scholars” and it is “time to identify the most active researchers, institutions and countries.”
The authors used various parameters to draw up their rankings: one being the number of articles published; and another the “impact factor” which measures the citations received by an article in the two years following its publication and therefore attests to its quality. By both parameters, Genoa is in the high end: seventh for the number of publications, tenth for their “impact factor”.
A result that is repeated in the ranking of the best researchers where we find Francesco Parola, Professor of the economics of maritime and port enterprise s at the University of Genoa and researcher at the Centro Italiano di Eccellenza sulla Logistica, i Transporti e le Infrastrutture, CIELI. Parola is fifth in the world for the number of publications and eighteenth for his “impact factor”. We also find Claudio Ferrari in the ranking. He is Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Genoa, and came in twenty-second for the number of his publications, forty-eighth for “impact factor”.
Thanks to the contributions of these scholars and their universities, Italy is eighth, out of fifty countries, for the number of scientific articles on the economy of the sea and seventh for their “impact factor”. It comes after the United States, United Kingdom, China, Canada, Australia and Spain, and is more or less on a par with the Netherlands, which has a greater number of publications but a lesser “impact factor”.
The Korean study confirms the position of the University of Genoa among the “competitive schools for students in search of higher education” in the field of maritime economics, and recognizes the University of Genoa’s international calibre equal to that of the universities and research centres of cities such as S ingapore, Hong Kong and Rotterdam, which have greater international visibility and the strength of giants in terms of port logistics.