(AGI) Rome, Sept 6 - The University of Calabria might not be listed among the top 700 in the QS World University Rankings for 2016, but it is coming on strong internationally. According to the rankings, the Polytechnic University of Milan is the top-ranked university in Italy. The Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came first in the global rankings for the fifth year in a row, followed by Stanford and Harvard. Milan's Polytechnic University rose by four places to 183rd, in contrast with the majority of Italy's 26 other universities, which - with the exception of the Polytechnic University of Turin (up nine positions to 305th) and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (690-700) - either dropped in the ranks or stayed in the 700+ group. The University of Bologna fell to 208th from 204th, and Rome's La Sapienza from 213th to 223rd. Despite not being listed among the Italian universities in the top 700 category, a number of institutes are on the rise, such as the University of Calabria (Unical) in Rende, near Cosenza. "Our first dean, Beniamino Andreatta, understood something clearly: Calabria could never take off without a good university, because it had nothing to offer; when a company opened a construction site, it had to bring equipment and technicians, because Calabria was a desert," Unical's dean, Gino Mirocle Crisci, told AGI. "We have almost 30,000 students, with 700 hailing from 64 different nations," he affirmed with pride. "We have agreements with more than 200 universities across the world. To celebrate our extraordinary opening towards foreign countries, we've placed 64 flags at the university entrance from the start." Unical, therefore, is an increasingly international university that has launched prestigious partnerships, such as with Ntt Data, a large multinational company listed on Japan's stock exchange that has opened an office in Cosenza for the cybersecurity sector. (AGI). .