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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