University of Bologna


Established in the late 11th century, the University of Bologna is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Beginning at a time when masters of grammar, rhetoric and logic began to devote themselves to law, the university observed and participated in the development of the European world. Today, the Alma Mater Studiorum paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research and a constant and increasingly broad international perspective.

With a community of more than 81,000 students, the university is among the largest in Italy, offering more than 200 degree programs and two-year specialized courses across 33 departments and 11 schools. 4,000 graduates are enrolled in PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes. The university also encourages its students to take up internships in sectors spanning industry, commerce, public institutions and professional firms, and runs a job placement service for graduates that supports their entry into the job market.

As a comprehensive research university, the Alma Mater invests in the multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach and in the inseparable connection between research and teaching. The University of Bologna tasks itself not only to produce and transmit culture for the present, but to anticipate and guide demands, needs and values that have yet to be revealed, and for which it does not yet have sure strategies.

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Professor Francesco Ubertini

Professor Francesco Ubertini, University Of Bologna Rector

Originally from Perugia, where he was born on 6 February 1970. After completing scientific high school studies in Perugia, he moved to Bologna to study at the University, graduating with full marks in Civil Engineering.

After a PhD in Mecha­ni­cs of Structures at the University of Bologna, a post-doc study grant and a research fellowship, he became university researcher in Construction Sciences at the then-Faculty of Engineering and, from 2001 to 2007, associate professor. In 2007 he became a full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Bologna.

From 2007 to 2010 he held the position of Head of the Department of Structural Engineering, Transport, Public Works, and Surveying of the Territory (DISTART) at the University of Bologna. During this period the DISTART was regrouped twice and then joined what is now the DICAM.

From 2010 to 2015 he was Head of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) and a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bologna, as representative of the Heads of the Technological Area, and a member of the Research Group and the Internationalisation Group (2012-2015).

He is the President of Federico Zeri Foundation and President of the Board of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna since 2015.

He is Vice President of UniAdrion since 2016.  In 2016 he was awarded the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion by the President of Indiana University in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the partnership between Indiana University and the University of Bologna. In the same year, he was admitted into the Golden Register of the city of Perugia.

He is President of Bononia University Press srl since 2016.

Prof. Francesco Ubertini was also a member of the Technical Committee on Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics, European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and coordinator of the Italian Group of Computational Mechanics (GIMC) and the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechatronics (AIMETA).

He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna, of the Observatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum Council for the period 2016-2020 and member of the Academic board of the PhD degree programme (third cycle programme) in civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering and tutor of the University of Bologna’s Collegio Superiore.