Last Updated on December 20, 2022
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.
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 which has become a member of the Universities Research Association.
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.
University of Pisa
QS World University Rankings =388
- Research OutputVery High
- Student/Faculty Ratio18
- International Students1,507
- Total Faculty1,796
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- In 2011, the University of Pisa came in first place among the Italian universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities and within the best 30 universities in Europe.
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks University of Pisa among the 350 best world universities.
- Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings ranks University of Pisa among the top 100 European Universities for teaching.
- QS World University Rankings ranks University of Pisa in the world’s top 100 for Computer Science & Information Systems, Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics, Classics & Ancient History, Library & Information Management.
- The U.S. News & World Report places the University of Pisa among the world’s 300 best universities.
- The European Research Ranking, a ranking based on publicly available data from the European Commission database, puts the University of Pisa among the best in Italy and the best performing European research institutions.
The University of Pisa is one of the most renowed educational institutions in Italy boasting 20 departments, with high level research centres in the sectors of agriculture, physics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Although formally founded in 1343, there are records to indicate that the University of Pisa has been active since the 11th century. Famous alumni of the university include Galileo Galilei, the founder of modern science, and the Nobel prize winners Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia, as well as such famous personalities as the poets Giosuè Carducci (he too a Nobel prize winner) and Giovanni Pascoli; the physicist Antonio Pacinotti; the former President of the Republic of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi; the former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, the film directors Mario Monicelli, and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; the writer Antonio Tabucchi, the journalist Tiziano Terzani and the tenor Andrea Bocelli.