Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Pisa, Italy

No. Students: 1,652
Funding type: Public
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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a public university institute - with special autonomy - working in the field of applied sciences: Economic Sciences, Legal Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Industrial and Information Engineering.

The School aims at experimenting innovative paths in research and education.
Professors and researchers live and interact with the students, day after day, enjoying a continuous cultural and intellectual exchange.

Innovative ideas, which are then developed in collaboration with foreign universities, organizations, companies and research institutes, are generated here.

Due to its international nature, education of excellence and scientific community, the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna established itself as a reference both in Italy and abroad.

The School organization and operation, which are based on principles of functional decentralization, have a "star-shaped configuration" with a central core and a series of external poles and centres able to represent integrated and autonomous units for research, education and the transfer of results.

Therefore, the School is organized around a central administration (Director's Office, Deanery and Administrative Management), with operational service structures supporting education and research activities (Departments), and detached education units (CEIIC - Centre of Excellence and Polo Sant'Anna Valdera) oriented towards the pursuit of specific projects.

About us

* 47 Teachers and Researchers of the Social Sciences sector, and
* 56 Teachers and Researchers of the Experimental Sciences sector will teach and train
* 181First Level Degree Course Students,
* 136 Second Level Degree Course Students,
* 303 Specialisation and Doctorate Students,
* 90 Master Degree Courses students and
* 1100 Postgraduate Courses Students.

These are the raw figures of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, figures that make it capable of pursuing its mission of experimenting innovative paths in training and research.

These figures are further reinforced by the more than 660 research partners with which the Scuola has undertaken 595 Research Projects, by the 50 patents registered in the name of the Scuola and the more than 80 patents developed on behalf of external companies, by the 27 spin-off companies generated from 1991 onwards, by the 60 partnership agreements set up with Universities and research Centres in 26 countries and by 92% of its research activities being self-funded.

That is no surprise, since the quality, international reputation and results of Scuola Superiore SantAnna di Pisa, registered as a public University-Level institution under special regulations and operates in the field of applied sciences, are the natural result of the great attention the Scuola pays to each student, selecting them with a series of strict admission tests.


The School wants to provide its pupils, students and researchers with the best environment to improve their knowledge and find the right incentives to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.
For this reason, an environment rich in cutting-edge research and educational materials supported by innovative facilities was created in Sant'Anna headquarters.
Besides the headquarters, other facilities and centres also located outside the town of Pisa were added.
Sant'Anna offers services and advantages aimed at facilitating any aspect of study and research to anyone, who comes into contact with the School to enhance his/her education.
The important service provided by the Library, which is enriched with large historical archives, falls within this approach. Or the hall of residence, where the students of the courses live and debate during their daily life, besides the educational aspect.
This is a way to allow pupils and students to build international relationships, where study, research and daily life combine together.

The Library

The Library is located in the historical setting of SantAnna headquarters, a former Benedictine nunnery of the XVth century. The old and wide refectory of the nuns was turned into a technologically cutting-edge library, equipped with the most innovative services.

It was established in 1987, with the aim of supporting and facilitating the education and research activity of the School. To this aim, the Library provides high-quality services, and offers excellent information search and retrieval systems.

A reading room seating 80, 8 seats equipped with computers and a wireless connection to access the network from their notebooks are available for the users.
Specialist interest - unique throughout Italy collections, large reference works, amounting to a total of about 70,000 books, 200 currently published journals, 30,000 titles of e-journals, and interdisciplinary and sectorial databases.

In addition to all the aforementioned works, there are also important historical archives, which are the result of the collection of books coming from different monastic institutes and dating back from the year 1086 to 1972.

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