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University of Bologna was the first place of study to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters which came to define the institution, located in Bologna, Italy. As of 2013, the University's crest carries the motto Alma mater studiorum.

ts teaching catalogue is diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 33 Departments, 11 Schools and over 81,000 students. A further 5000 are candidates for its PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes. Departments, schools, centres, other structures (art. 25 University Statute), and articulations constitute the cultural, teaching and research nucleus of the University of Bologna.The Advanced Schools, Institutes and Colleges combine high-level scientific research with professional and specialist training.The calibre of its graduates, its internationally renowned teachers and its quality research give it a competitive edge, especially in the job market. 

Bologna has always favoured a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural approach; it invests in international, multicultural training, research and services. It has formed knowledge alliances with industry and public/private organizations, and is a hub of international networks. Of its international and joint-degree programmes, 27 are taught in English. Beyond its close European links Bologna enjoys multiple international connections, with North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The University of Bologna has a multicampus structure, ensuring the opportunity to learn and promoting stable research activities throughout the region, aiming to improve the operations and quality of life for the university community. It has campuses in Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires. It also has a school of excellence named Collegio Superiore di Bologna. An associate publisher of the University of Bologna is Bononia University Press S.p.A (BUP).

 

  • School of: Economics, Management, and Statistics

    As of A.Y. 2012/2013, the Bologna University School of Economics, Management and Statistics coordinates teaching activities on the Study Programmes pertaining to it, activated according to Department proposals.

    The School of Economics, Management and Statistics offers students in these disciplines an ideal context in which to acquire a globally-oriented cultural and professional grounding. The School runs first-cycle Degree Programmes on a sound methodological basis acquired by rigorous training with an international bias, and extending to various different disciplines. This gives the student a range of transversal skills in the fields of economics, company management, statistics and finance. Teaching programmes are closely connected to the business world, thanks to a gamut of practicals and placements involving over five hundred firms.

    The School also offers second-cycle degree programmes and a range of University Masters geared to attaining specialist and more in-depth skills in wide-ranging sectors – managing cultural and artistic organizations, health management, economics and law, tourist agency management, cooperation with non-profit organizations, financial and insurance analysis, management of international companies, and much else besides.

    Internationalization is a watchword of the entire School curriculum. Students may opt for degree programmes conducted in English, degree programmes liaising with foreign universities (Multiple Programmes and Double Degrees), and degree programmes in Italian offering study, placement and research periods via international mobility arrangements in Europe and overseas (Overseas Programmes).

    The School of Economics, Management and Statistics works on a Multi-Campus basis, its learning opportunities being shared between the Campuses of Bologna, Forlì and Rimini.

1088 is widely considered the date in which free teaching began in Bologna, independently from the ecclesiastic schools. At the end of the 11th century, masters of grammar, rhetoric and logic began to apply themselves to law in Bologna. 

From the 14th century the schools of jurists sat alongside the so-called "artists", scholars of Medicine, Philosophy, Arithmetic, Astronomy, Logic, Rhetoric and Grammar. The teaching of Theology was instituted in 1364. Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Guido Guinizelli, Cino da Pistoria, Cecco d'Ascoli, Re Enzo, Salimbene da Parma and Coluccio Salutati all studied in Bologna.

In the 15th century Greek and Hebrew studies were instituted, and in the 16th century those of "natural magic",experimental science. The philosopher Pietro Pomponazzi upheld the study of the laws of nature against the traditionalist position of Theology and Philosophy. A representative figure of this period was Ulisse Aldrovandi, whose contribution ranged from pharmacopoeia to the study of animals, fossils, and marvels of nature which he collected and classified.

In the 16th century Gaspare Tagliacozzi completed the first studies of plastic surgery. The golden era of Medicine in Bologna coincided with the teachings of Marcello Malpighi in the 17th century, using the microscope for anatomic research.The University's fame had spread throughout Europe and Bologna was a destination for many illustrious guests including Thomas Becket, Paracelso, Raimundo de Pegñafort, Albrecht Dürer, san Carlo Borromeo, Torquato Tasso and Carlo Goldoni. Pico della Mirandola and Leon Battista Alberti also studied in Bologna, devoted to canonical law. Nicolas Copernicus began his astronomical observations while studying pontifical law here.

With the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the University promoted scientific and technological development. In this period came the studies of Luigi Galvani who, along with Alessandro Volta, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Cavendish, was one of the founders of modern electrotechnical studies.
Following the establishment of the United Italian State came a period of great prosperity for the University of Bologna, in which the figures of Giovanni Capellini, Giosuè Carducci, Giovanni Pascoli, Augusto Righi, Federigo Enriques, Giacomo Ciamician, and Augusto Murri stand out.

In 1888 the eighth centennial of the University was celebrated, with a grand ceremony in which all the world's universities convened in Bologna to honour the mother of all universities. The ceremony became an international festival of studies, as the universities recognised their common roots and ideals of progress and tolerance in Bologna.

The University maintained its central position on the scene of global culture until the period between the two wars, when other countries came to the forefront in teaching and research. It is called on to forge relations with institutions in the world's most advanced countries, to modernise and expand its activities. Among the many challenges which it has met with success, the University is committed to the European dimension leading to the innovation of the university system.

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