Sapienza University of Rome

Roma, Italy

No. Students: 147,000
Funding type: Public
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The Sapienza University of Rome, officially Sapienza Università di Roma,formerly known as Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", is a coeducational, autonomous state university in Rome, Italy.

It is the largest European university and the oldest of Rome's three state-funded universities; Sapienza was founded in 1303, more than six centuries before Tor Vergata and Roma Tre. In Italian, sapienza means "wisdom" or "knowledge". According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sapienza University of Rome ranks among the top 30 European universities. In 2010 QS World University Rankingsranked the university 190th overall in the world.Today Sapienza is by far the largest university in Rome, a leading centre of research and academic excellence in all fields of knowledge.

In order to cope with the ever-increasing number of applicants, the Rector has approved a new plan to expand the Città Universitaria, reallocate offices and enlarge faculties, as well as create new campuses for hosting local and foreign students, in collaboration with the city of Rome.

The university has improved its research programmes in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, biomedical sciences and humanities through the "Sapienza Innovation" programme. Recent cooperation with major British and American universities has resulted in scholarships for Sapienza students through large multicultural exchange programmes, for many faculties.

The university is divided into 21 faculties:

* 1st Faculty of Architecture Ludovico Quaroni
* 2nd Faculty of Architecture Valle Giulia
* Faculty of Communication Sciences
* Faculty of Economics
* Faculty of Engineering
* Faculty of Humanities
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
* Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Studies
* 1st Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
* 2nd Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
* Faculty of Oriental Studies
* Faculty of Pharmacy
* Faculty of Philosophy
* Faculty of Political Sciences
* 1st Faculty of Psychology
* 2nd Faculty of Psychology
* Faculty of Sociology
* Faculty of Statistics
* School for Aerospace Engineering
* School for Library and Archive Studies


Sapienza has an extremely rich and diverse library service provided by 116libraries. Some of them boast an over one hundred-year-old tradition. Practical information is available on each of the libraries that form the Sapienza system. Ad hoc Sapienza archives put electronic publications of its researchers and doctors degrees of its students online. The Vrd Virtual Reference Desk is an important research tool for students, staff and researchers

The 21 museums of Sapienza University of Rome are both an evidence of the history of science and technics of the last century and a showcase of Sapienza latest scientific and cultural innovations. The museums are an important tribute to the understanding of the history of society through its cultural, scientific and technological evolution.

The International Relations Office was set up in 2001 to coordinate and support the universitys international activities. Headed by Mrs Antonella Cammisa, member of the Bologna Experts team in Italy, the Office currently has an organisational structure consisting of experienced staff with permanent employees and a qualified team of external collaborators and trainees. The Deputy Rector for International Relations, Professor Raimondo Cagiano de Azevedo, guarantees the implementation of the strategic objectives established by the governing bodies.

Master's Programmes at Sapienza University of Rome

Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering

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