The University of Ferrara (UniFE) was founded in 1391 by the Marquise Alberto V of Este with the permission of Pope Bonifacio IX. The first courses to be inaugurated were Arts, Theology and Law and were taught by famous teachers such as Bartolomeo Saliceto, an expert among jurists. The University of Ferrara, one of World’s oldest universities, has welcomed and educated illustrious personalities. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Ferrara became one of the most thriving centres of Italian Renaissance culture and the University enjoyed a period of great prestige, thanks also to the presence of illustrious intellectuals such as Nicolò Copernico and Paracelso.
After its assimilation into the Papal State in 1598, the University was transformed from a prestigious Estensi City University to a University in the outskirts. In the Napoleonic Age, with the plan for national universities, the University lost its power to grant degree titles and normal academic activity did not restart until 1816. After the unification of Italy, the University of Ferrara became a free university. In the years preceding the First World War, with over 500 students, the University was the most highly attended free university in Italy. The identity of the University is therefore rooted in a historical and cultural tradition which sets it apart from others. Since its foundation it has welcomed and educated illustrious personalities from the worlds of culture, the Arts and Sciences. In terms of its size, facilities and the quality and quantity of education and research, the university is a point of excellence within Italy. This is also demonstrated by its excellent position in international rankings.
Today, the UniFE is split into 12 departments and 47 centers, offering over 50 degree courses and numerous research and postgraduate courses. The University of Ferrara, offers a complete, high quality education in its prestigious locations Some facilities are located inside modern buildings, like the Chemistry/Biomedical Centre and the Science/Technology Centre, whereas others are located in ancient prestigious artistic and historical buildings. Education is, along with research, one of the key activities of UniFE and represents the social value of its mission. UniFE is an institution with several hundred international links, its strongest being those with European and Latin American Universities.
Education is, along with research, one of the key activities of UniFE and represents the social value of its mission. Within the framework of UniFE’s strategic plan, first level degrees are those courses more linked to the practical requirements of production and the service sector and are also connected to the productive occupations of the local area. At the same time, they benefit from a quality of teaching that can only be guaranteed by high-level research. UniFE offers a wide range of possibilities, with 31 3-year courses in all study areas: from Nursing to Engineering, from Humanities to Chemistry. After a first level degree it is possible to continue studying with a Masters degree or a first level post-graduate Masters course. Courses are organized and managed by 12 departments which house classrooms, well-equipped laboratories and communal areas for students’ comfort.
Scientific research is one of the essential functions of our University as well as the basis of teaching itself. It is the engine of critical knowledge, creativity, innovation, competitiveness, and quality of education. Scientific research is one of the essential functions of our University as well as the basis of teaching itself. Besides governmental funding, our University finances its own research by external fund raising, boosting the participation in national and international projects of its researchers, supported by the internal Research Service; in the period 2007-2013, about 60 research projects were funded to UniFE, for a total EU contribution of over 11 million Euro. Researchers may rely upon university libraries, museums, and other important facilities, such as the Scientific and Technological Centre, which combines and rationalises the teaching and research in Engineering, Physics, ICT, Geology, and IUSS Ferrara 1391, which combines PhD schools, advanced study courses and routes of excellence. In all recent Italian public rankings UniFE always places among the first 10 Italian Universities.
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