Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa


Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Scuola Normale of Pisa
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Logo of the Scuola Normale Superiore
Established 1810
Type State-supported
Director Prof. Fabio Beltram
Admin. staff ca. 120
Undergraduates ca. 150
Postgraduates ca. 120
Doctoral students ca. 190
Location Pisa, Italy
Website www.sns.it/
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, also known in Italian as Scuola Normale (English: Normal School), is a public higher learning institution in Italy. It was founded in 1810, by Napoleonic decree, as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. Since its foundation it has operated a highly selective student admission procedure, and its main goal was, during that period, essentially to form the best college and high school teachers. Recognized as a "national university" in 1862, one year after Italian unification, and named during that period as "Normal School of the Kingdom of Italy". During the fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini, the philosopher Giovanni Gentile enacted the reform that gave the Scuola its current structure; autonomy from the University of Pisa was granted in 1932. [2] After the war, the Normal School has become an entity separate from the University of Pisa, with complete administrative, didactic and regulative freedom.

The Scuola, together with the University of Pisa and with Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, belongs to the Pisa University System. It is one of the three officially sanctioned special-statute public universities in Italy, being part of the process of Superior Graduate School in Italy or Scuola Superiore Universitaria.[1]

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Fields of study

The Scuola Normale offers classes in both humanities and sciences. Currently the university offers the following classes :

Humanities

  • Ancient History and Classical Philology
  • Italian Literature and Linguistics
  • Art History and Archaeology
  • History and Paleography
  • Philosophy

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (PhD)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (PhD)
  • Molecular Biophysics (PhD)
  • Mathematics (PhD)
  • Mathematics for Finance and Business Technologies (PhD)
  • Neurobiology (PhD)
  • Molecular Biology (PhD)
  • Chemistry (PhD)
Palazzo della Carovana: Scuola Normale Superiore main building

Admission

In order to become a student at the Scuola Normale, or normalista, the candidate must pass an extremely selective admissions exam (there are only sixty candidates admitted out of nearly 1000 applicants on average every year), with questions covering the entire chosen field of study. The normalisti receive free housing, free lunches and dinners, and a monthly stipend.

Teaching activities

The Scuola does not have a full programme of undergraduate and graduate studies; instead, the students follow the ordinary courses at the public University of Pisa, and complement them with additional classes and seminars taught by the professors of the Scuola Normale. The normalisti are required to score high marks in their exams at the public university (average marks of at least 27/30 and no mark below 24/30) in order to maintain their scholarship. The PhD programme, instead, is separate and completely independent of the degrees at the University of Pisa. The PhD course is called corso di perfezionamento, and the students are called perfezionandi. The perfezionamento, instituted in 1927, is much older than the PhD programme of the Italian public university, instituted in 1980.

Campus

The Scuola Normale is located in its original historical building, called Palazzo della Carovana, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, in the medieval centre of Pisa.

Nowadays, students are housed in four dorms located nearby in the city.

Rankings

Pisa University System rankings :

Famous graduated alumni

External links

See also

References

Coordinates: 43°43′10.60″N 10°24′0.81″E / 43.719611°N 10.400225°E / 43.719611; 10.400225


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