Below (Ateneo in cifre/University in figures) are statistics describing the main aspects of the University in a historical perspective, with charts and tables on teaching, research, internationalization, human resources and facilities.
Ateneo in cifre is published every year and is part of the University’s Annual report:
Further data on the major indicators describing the University are updated every six months and can be found in UniTrento in numbers.
Other statistical information on the university system can be found in institutional databases managed by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research and, at the local level, by the Provincial statistical service and by the City of Trento:
- Portale dei dati dell'istruzione superiore (Open data - students and staff)
- Anagrafe Nazionale Studenti (enrollments and student progress)
- Statistiche ISPAT (chapter 6 - Education)
- Annuario statistico del Comune di Trento (chapter 4, section 7 - University)
To acquire the students' opinion on teaching, the University administers a survey to its students on a regular basis through the Esse3 student services portal [here is a sample].
The evaluation exercise is carried out in compliance with the requirements set by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), and is part of the procedures included in the national framework for teaching quality assurance (Law 370/1999).
The questionnaire is administered to all students: those who attend classes and those who, by their statements, attend less than 50% of classes.
In general, students are asked to provide an opinion on the workload, the study materials, the organization of classes, their interest in the subject and their general degree of satisfaction.
The survey is a requirement for the university's accreditation, but it is also a very important instrument to collect information that teaching staff and course programme directors need to monitor the quality of teaching and adopt any changes, where necessary, to resolve critical issues.
The results are displayed by academic year, grouped by Department/Centre and, in aggregated form, by programme of study.
From the second semester of the academic year 2019/20 and in the academic year 2020/21 a short and updated version of the questionnaire was submitted to students, to reflect the adoption of distance learning because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Online teaching and learning
The University of Trento is carrying out a series of surveys aimed at finding out the impact of online teaching in the second semester of the academic year 2019-2020:
Student Survey on Online Teaching and Learning (in Italian).
Over 5100 students (that is 31% of the student community) participated in the survey, which was conducted between 28 May and 25 June 2020. The questionnaire collected information on attendance, satisfaction with the type of online teaching (live streamed and recorded classes) compared with face to face teaching, technical issues and psychological and relational issues.
Faculty Survey on Online Teaching and Learning.
More than 60% of faculty members affiliated with UniTrento participated in the survey (the percentage drops to 50% if we also include other categories, like contract staff for example). The questionnaire collected information on the provision and use of technological equipment, the skills and previous experience with online teaching, the faculty perception of the effectiveness and problems of online teaching (live streamed and recorded classes) compared with face to face teaching, the advantages of using some of the e-learning tools in face to face teaching.
Analysis of exam results in the 2019 and 2020 summer exam session (in Italian).
The analysis considered exam attendance and students' success rate and average grade. We present data on all exam results in the summer session; data on exam results in the two years grouped together for the same course with the same faculty; data on first semester courses provided in face to face mode for which the assessment mode has changed. Online teaching had no statistically significant impact on students' progress (number of exams passed, average grade). There may have been some systematic effects, but positive and negative effects offset each other; therefore, neither online classes nor online exams seem to have an impact on students' progress and final marks.
Statistics on the use of Moodle and other online resources (in Italian).
The resources and tools available on Moodle (19 tools) have been divided in four categories based on their function: content, interactive communication, assessment and feedback. For each category, the number and uses of available resources were quantified. Across all programmes of study, uploaded content accounts for 90% of available resources and tools; as regards the use of resources, the students of master's degrees and five-year master's degrees make a wider use of interactive communication tools (chats, journals, forums), compared with students of undergraduate programmes.
Almalaurea carries out surveys every year in 71 Italian universities, which help define the detailed profile of students who have earned a university degree.
The Graduates profile survey collects information on the graduates’ studies, their degree of satisfaction with the programme they have completed and their performance.
The Employment status survey explores the transition from university to the world of work and examines the employment status of graduates at one, three, and five years from graduation. The information focuses on a number of aspects of the work activity, in particular the sector in which graduates are employed, the salary range, the degree of satisfaction.
Some remarkable findings are displayed by year of publication of the report, grouped by Department/Centre and, in aggregated form, by programme of study.
Starting from the 20th edition, both surveys also include the comparison of data between course programmes in the same disciplinary area and among different universities in the north-east of Italy, and the comparison of study programmes belonging to the same disciplinary area among the various Italian universities.