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Last Updated on December 20, 2022

University of Pisa, Italy

The University of Pisa (Italian: Università di Pisa, UniPi) is a public research university located in Pisa, Italy. It was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI. It is the 19th oldest extant university in the world and the 10th oldest in Italy. The university is ranked within the top 10 nationally and the top 400 in the world according to the ARWU and the QS. It houses the Orto botanico di Pisa, Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden, which was founded in 1544.

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is part of the Pisa University System, which includes the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. The university has about 50,000 students (of which 46,000 are undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and 3,500 are doctoral and specialization studies).

In the fields of philology and cultural studies, the University of Pisa is a leading member of ICoN, an inter-university consortium of 21 Italian universities supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research, as well as a member of the European University Association, the Partnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities network and the Cineca consortium. It’s the only university in Italy that has become a member of the Universities Research Association.

University of Pisa, Pisa

Among its notable graduates, there are several national and foreign political leaders including two Italian presidents, five Popes, five Italian prime ministers, and three Nobel Laureates as students, faculty, or staff affiliates.

Pisa has an athletic rivalry with the University of Pavia, which traditionally culminates in the Pisa-Pavia Regatta (Regata Pisa-Pavia [it]), the oldest competition of this kind in Italy, and second in Europe only to the Oxford Cambridge boat race.

In 2013, the University of Pisa finished with La Sapienza University of Rome in first place among the Italian universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Notable people


Notable people who have attended the University of Pisa include:

In politics and government:

  • Italian political leaders
    • Giacomo Acerbo
Giacomo Acerbo - Wikipedia
  • Giuliano Amato
Giuliano Amato, Vice-President of the European Convention - CVCE Website
  • Sandro Bondi
Sandro Bondi - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia
  • Maria Chiara Carrozza
  • Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
1,129 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty  Images
  • Foreign political leaders
    • Deputy Prime Minister of Albania Spiro Koleka
    • Ambassador Marcello Spatafora
    • Prime Ministers of Greece Ioannis Kolettis and Diomidis Kyriakos
    • Haitian President René Préval
    • Nicaraguan President Adan Cardenas
    • Prime Minister of Somalia Ali Mohammed Ghedi

In science:

Notable people who have attended the University of Pisa include:

  • Agronomist Nazareno Strampelli
  • Anatomist Atto Tigri
  • Art historian and curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
  • Civil engineer Henry Willey Reveley
  • Civil servant Bruno Ferrante
  • Computer scientists
    • Elisa Bertino
    • Luca Cardelli
    • Roberto Di Cosmo
    • Luca Passani
  • Diplomat Carlo Andrea Pozzo di Borgo
  • Economists Luigi Bodio and Paolo Malanima
  • Engineer Giacinto Morera
  • Intellectual Adriano Sofri
  • International civil servant Francesco Cappè
  • Journalists Lando Ferretti and Tiziano Terzani
  • Jurists
    • Giuseppe Averani
    • Piero Calamandrei
    • Francesco Carrara
    • Antonio Cassese
  • Writers
    • Pietro Citati
    • Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi
    • Margaret King
    • Antonio Tabucchi
  • Zoologist Enrico Hillyer Giglioli

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