The University of Padua traces its origins back to 1222. The motto "Universa Universis Patavina Libertas" - 'complete liberty for all at the University of Padua' - underlines the total freedom of thought that the university has always granted its teachers and its students. The institution consists of 13 faculties that offer 100 first cycle degree courses, 80 second cycle degree courses, 70 Short specialization degree courses, 65 specialization schools (mostly medical ones) and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori). Moreover the research departments host over 76 different doctoral programmes, which are grouped in 35 doctoral schools and 4 doctorate courses. It is one of the most important higher education institution in Italy with more than sixty thousand students (40000 at bachelor level, 20000 at master level and 1500 at doctoral level), 230 post-doc researchers, 2300 members of the teaching staff and 2300 members of the administrative staff.
There are about 64000 students and 2214 Professors and Researchers. The courses are divided into some cycles: 1st cycle degree courses, 2nd cycle degree courses, single cycle degree courses. There are 82 1st cycle degree courses, 81 2nd cycle degree courses and 8 single cycle degree courses. 1st cycle degree course requires 180 credits which can be achievable in 3 years. 1st cycle degree allows students to competitions for the Italian civil service, state-regulated and non-state-regulated professions. 2nd cycle degree course requires 300-360 credits. 1st cycle degree allows students to competitions for competitions for the Italian civil service, state-regulated and non-state-regulated professions, research doctorate programmes and all other degree courses of the 3rd cycle.
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