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Humanitas University: Nurturing tomorrow’s medical experts

Humanitas University may be Italy’s largest independent international Medical School, but recently, it also became one of its most renowned — not just in Italy, but globally. The University has officially entered the Times Higher Education (THE) International Ranking for the first time, ranking among the top 250 universities in the world out of 1,799 universities analysed. That’s not all. It has also placed itself as the best new entry. THE also confirmed the impact of the University’s scientific research, which got a score of 99.7 out of 100.

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“We are very pleased with this result, which demonstrates that the Italian research and university system can take up the challenge of global and European competition, enhancing our skills and taking on a growing role in attracting talent,” says Professor Marco Montorsi, Rector of Humanitas University.

Earlier this year, Humanitas University ranked first in the EU for the percentage of scientific publications in the top 10% worldwide by the Leiden CWTS Ranking and eighth in Europe for its degree course in Medicine by U-Multirank.

Taught entirely in English, the six-year programme enables students to acquire theoretical and practical competencies from the first year, thanks to the multidisciplinary modules combined with hands-on training and simulation activities. Lessons are delivered by professors and researchers with international experience and 150 doctors. An International Advisory Board remains active to ensure the University meets its educational and training goals.

The insights students gather from these industry luminaires are often put into practice during the third year of the programme. This period is reserved for clinical training at the top-ranking Humanitas Research Hospital, under the supervision of specialised tutors. In the Simulation Centre, students learn about experimental teaching in anatomical surgery and medical procedures. Here, real-life clinical scenarios are re-enacted — allowing students to pick up on soft skills such as patient interaction and teamwork between healthcare professionals, alongside their medical knowledge.

Those more interested in research might be keener on the annual Virgilio Programme, a one-month opportunity dedicated to biomedical research, interactive teaching activities and laboratory experience.

Through Travel Grants and the Erasmus programme, future doctors can broaden their horizons abroad as well. “I went to Pemba Island (part of Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago, off the coast of East Africa) and worked in a clinic for mothers and children,” explains student Daniel Yiu.

Closer to campus, conferences and seminars galore to unite Italian and internationally renowned doctors and researchers. Classrooms are filled with varying perspectives as well at Humanitas University, especially since 40% of its student population consists of international students.

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“The world that we are going to be working in — both with patients, researchers and other doctors, it’s not going to be black and white. It’s such a diverse place,” explains the graduate who hails from Hong Kong. “Having that international environment here is just such a big bonus.”

To ensure every aspiring world-changer has a chance to acquire a quality education, Humanitas University keeps its entry requirements simple. In fact, its HUMAT admissions test was developed alongside experts from the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of Oxford Medical School and Leeds Medical School to ensure fair entries.

To take things up a notch, starting from the academic year 2023/2024, Humanitas University will offer two opportunities per year to take the admission test for its degree course in Medicine and Surgery. Second-to-last year high school students can take the test as well. The score will be valid for the 2024-25 ranking – the full details can be found here.

Feeling nervous? Participating in Preparation Week can calm your nerves. The one-week intensive course held online was designed to help students acquire a study method that will help them view the seemingly rigorous admissions test in a new light. Knowledge is conveyed through interactive lectures, practice sessions and formative feedback from teachers.

It’s clear Humanitas University wants its students to succeed, which is precisely why they also offer a merit-based scholarship programme to talented and motivated students. For the 2022-23 academic year, there are four scholarships available for non-EU students, valued at 16,000 euros each. To learn more, click here.

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