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University of Pisa

The University of Pisa, formally established in 1343, is one of the oldest universities in the world and it has been extraordinarily successful in updating its structures and human resources in order to meet the new challenges of international research and education at the highest level. Among its most famous alumni there are Galileo Galilei, Antonio Pacinotti, the Nobel Prize winners Giosuè Carducci (Literature), Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia (Physics) and the field medalist Enrico Bombieri (Mathematics).


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It has an excellent international reputation in all areas – not only in natural sciences for which it is periodically ranked at top levels in the world - but also for example in humanities, social sciences, medicine, engineering, agricultural and other applied sciences. 

It leads important international research and education networks, and incorporates their findings into its programmes. The University of Pisa is committed to promoting quality in all areas of research and teaching, and to making all its programmes available to an increasing number of international students and researchers.

Nowadays it is organised in 20 departments covering all subject areas. It has about 54.000 students, 1517 faculty members, and 1477 technical and administrative staff members. It offers 127 bachelor and master programmes, and 20 PhD programmes, along with 56 third cycle specialisation programmes, and about 55 post graduate programmes, including an MBA. 

The University of Pisa considers the process of technology transfer to the private sector and society at large one of the key points of its mission. As a result, since 2004 it has created 37 spin-offs, 30 of which still maintain this formal relationship with the University, and counts 85 patents awarded.

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