University of Pisa

The University of Pisa was officially established in 1343, when it was proclaimed a ‘Studium Generale’ with the authority to prepare university teachers, although its origins date back to earlier centuries.

Among its glories is Galileo Galilei, who was born and studied in Pisa, and became professor of Mathematics in 1589. The University also counts several Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, including Giosuè Carducci (Literature), Enrico Fermi (Physics) and Carlo Rubbia (Physics), and a Fields medalist, Enrico Bombieri (Mathematics).

Today the University of Pisa is a modern centre of teaching and advanced research composed of 20 departments. It offers 60 undergraduate and 74 postgraduate degree programmes, in all the main areas of knowledge and advanced professional education. The University has 19 doctoral programmes, four of which co-funded by the Regional Government of Tuscany; it also offers 68 third cycle specialisation programmes, and more than 100 special shorter programmes of further education, including an MBA.

Overall, the University of Pisa has about 52000 first and second cycle students, 950 doctoral students and 1100 students enrolled in its more than 50 residency programmes in the medical and health area, or in specialisation courses in other disciplines. The research and teaching staff comprises 1590 persons; the technical and administrative staff numbers 1643.

According to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2011, the University of Pisa is placed first among Italian Universities and among the top 100-150 universities in the world. ARWU also ranks the departments of Mathematics and Physics among the top 50 and 100 worldwide. Pisa is also in excellent position in all other assessments. The areas of Agriculture, Clinical Medicine, Computer Engineering, Physics and Chemistry rank excellently in the 2011 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities released by National Taiwan University. In the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Physics ranks 49th worldwide, Modern Languages rank among the top 150, and Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Geography, Computer Science, Chemical, Electrical, Electronic Engineering, and Statistics rank among the top 200. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) audit has also awarded four stars to the University of Pisa.

Today the University of Pisa is engaged in a strategy of internationalisation aiming at attracting students and researchers from all parts of the world and to establish long-term partnership with universities, public and private institutions in various areas of the globe.

Almost all departments of the University of Pisa are located in the core of the city, either in prestigious buildings of the old city, or in an ever-growing number of modern structures, some of which are located in the centre and some at its outskirts. Most facilities are within 20 minutes walking distance from the centre of the city.