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.
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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.
University of Pisa Rankings
University of Pisa is ranked #189 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank schools.
University of Pisa Rankings
University of Pisa Subject Rankings
- #158in Agricultural Sciences (tie)
- #307in Biology and Biochemistry (tie)
- #211in Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
- #318in Chemistry (tie)
- #196in Clinical Medicine (tie)
- #226in Computer Science (tie)
- #241in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (tie)
- #50in Endocrinology and Metabolism (tie)
- #293in Engineering (tie)
- #415in Environment/Ecology (tie)
- #170in Mathematics
- #332in Molecular Biology and Genetics (tie)
- #273in Neuroscience and Behavior (tie)
- #189in Oncology (tie)
- #188in Pharmacology and Toxicology
- #25in Physics
- #155in Plant and Animal Science (tie)
- #144in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
- #439in Social Sciences and Public Health (tie)
- #184in Space Science (tie)
- #208in Surgery (tie)
About University of Pisa
Established in 14th century by Pope Clement VI, the University of Pisa is one of the oldest public educational institutions in Italy and among the 20 oldest surviving universities around the world.
The university has been recognised for its research centres internationally and prides itself on being the first university to launch a computer science degree in Italy. Its extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses is taught primarily in Italian.
Students can explore a variety of subjects including law, cultural studies, engineering, medicine and business administration – taught in twenty departments. The academic institution also includes 17 libraries and 13 museums.
The university has an arrangement to share facilities and exchange academics with Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, which together form a consortium of higher educations institutions in the town, called the Pisa University System.
The university has also built strong ties with prestigious Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research and the growing information technology industry, which flourished in Tuscany over recent decades.
Located in a city with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants, the University of Pisa offers an enjoyable campus life experience, which goes beyond visiting the famous leaning tower in Pisa. Students can immerse themselves in Pisa’s cultural life by exploring various restaurants and bars in the area, but also by attending museums and theatres.
Notable figures connected with the University of Pisa include the father of modern physics Galileo Galilei, who studied and later taught mathematics, and the Nobel Prize-winners in physics Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubia.