University of Bologna, Italy
The Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a constant and increasingly broad international perspective and a strong third mission. Since it was founded in 1088, the University of Bologna has been student-centred, hosting prominent figures from the science and arts communities.
With 5 campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini) and a branch in Buenos Aires, it offers a diversified course catalogue that is tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200-degree programmes among its 32 departments and 5 schools offered to over 85.000 students (including more than 7.000 international students); 48 PhDs programmes, 55 Specialization schools and 95 Master degree programmes of which 19 international. Ranked in the top 200 on the two most prestigious international university rankings, considered the leading university in Europe for student mobility (Erasmus+), the University of Bologna invests in sustainable development and contributes to the achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals proposed as part of the 2030 Agenda adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
As a comprehensive research university, it invests in a multidisciplinary, cross-cultural approach and in the inseparable connection between research and teaching. One of the most active in terms of leadership and participation in European research and academic cooperation projects, the University of Bologna has formed alliances with industry and public/private organizations. It is also a hub of international networks: beyond its close European links, it enjoys multiple connections with America, Africa, Asia and Australia.