University of Genoa

name =University of Genoa
native_name =Università degli Studi di Genova
latin_name =Genuense Athenaeum

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type =State-supported
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staff =1,711
rector =Prof. Gaetano Bignardi
students =ca 40,000
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The University of Genoa (in Italian: "Università degli Studi di Genova") is one of the largest universities in Italy.

Located in Liguria on the Italian Riviera, the university was founded in 1471. It currently has about 40,000 students, 1,800 teaching and research staff and about 1,580 administrative staff.


The University of Genoa is organized in several independent campus located in different city areas. Notable buildings are the main University premises (Via Balbi, 5) designed by the architect Bartolomeo Bianco and built in 1640, and the new seat of Facoltà di Economia, realized in 1996 re-adapting old seaport stores. The university's botanical garden, the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Genova, occupies one hectare in the city center.

University of Genoa also has a number of regional campuses in Savona, Imperia, Santa Margherita Ligure, Ventimiglia and La Spezia.


Already in the 13th century in Genoa there were Colleges which conferred degrees in law, theology, medicine and arts.

The College of Theology was established officially in 1471 with a Papal Bull of Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere). Some years after dates the promulgation of a Statute of the College of Medicine by the Council of the Elders in 1481.

In 1569, by a decree of the Senate of Republic of Genoa, the Colleges were incorporated into the schools run by the Jesuits. The Jesuits settled near the old Church of San Girolamo Del Rosso, and enlarged their premises by buying some land on which to house their College and schools. The building, which is now the main University premises, was designed by the architect Bartolomeo Bianco, and began to be used in 1640.

After the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773, a special Committee reorganized the various courses of study, dividing them in higher education (Canon Law, Philosophy, Civil Law, Theology, Logic and Metaphysics, Physics) and primary education (courses in Rethoric, Reading and Writing).

After the establishment of the French Empire, which absorbed the Genoese Republic, higher education was subdivided into different special Schools: Law, Medicine, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Commerce, Language and Literature, Chemistry. The University of Genoa was affiliated to the Imperial University of Paris. It was reinstated as a separate university in 1812. []

After the fall of Napoleon, the provisional Government of the Republic appointed a new Committee in charge of higher education, and at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 it was decided that the University of Genoa be entrusted to the Kingdom of Sardinia, enjoying the same privileges as those granted to the University of Turin. The university was closed owing to political disturbances between 1821 and 1823 and again between 1830 and 1835.

In 1870, two first technical institutes of higher education were established: the Royal Naval School and the Royal School of Economic Studies, which, when in 1936 were absorbed by the Royal University of Genoa, becoming the Faculties of Engineering and Economics respectively.

In the late 20th century, the university expanded rapidly, with new regional campuses. In 1996 many departments moved to Savona into a remodeled Army Barracks. That campus holds the Department of Engineering and also the Economic courses. New laboratories have been made in Simulation, Logistics & Industrial Engineering among others.

In January 2001, an "Institutional Review of University of Genoa" was given by CRE Institutional Evaluation Programme. This evaluation, surveys taken and reports made, explain The University's current promotion of invitations to outside professorships and student body.


The university is headed by a rector and divided into 11 faculties:

* Faculty of Architecture []
* Faculty of Arts and Philosophy []
* Faculty of Economics []
* Faculty of Education Sciences []
* Faculty of Engineering []
* Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures []
* Faculty of Law []
* Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences []
* Faculty of Medicine and Surgery []
* Faculty of Pharmacology []
* Faculty of Political Sciences []

University of Genoa counts also 53 research departments and a department that supplies general ICT services.


Today the university has a student population of around 40,000, including both undergraduate and graduate students.


In 2004 there were about 1,710 professors and scientific employees and about 2000 non-scientific employees working for University of Genoa, making it one of Genoa's biggest employers.

Noted alumni

* Paolo Fresco received a law degree from the University of Genoa. He joined COGETEL, a General Electric's Italian subsidiary, becoming president and general manager of that company in 1972. In 1976, he joined GE's International Group and was elected a vice president the next year. Paolo Fresco became a member of the GE Board and, in 1992, was elected vice chairman and executive officer. In 1998, he retired from GE and became chairman of the board of Fiat, the biggest Italian car company.
*Franco Malerba, first Italian astronaut
*Sandro Pertini, antifascist dissident, later 7th President of the Italian Republic
*Kostas Georgakis, anti-fascist dissident who set himself ablaze as a protest against the Greek military junta of 1967-1974

See also

* List of Italian universities
* Genoa

External links

* [ University of Genoa website] it icon en icon es icon

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