The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe, originally founded in 825 by King Lotharius as a prestigious school dedicated to Law, Science and Medicine. In 1361 the Studium Generale was established by the Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, under decree of the Emperor Carlo IV of Luxemburg.
Cortile delle Magnolie (courtesy of Marco Santagostino)
A number of renowned scholars have taught at the Alma Ticinensis Universitas, including the inventor of the electric cell, Alessandro Volta, the poet Ugo Foscolo and Nobel Laureates Camillo Golgi, Giulio Natta and Carlo Rubbia.
Today the University of Pavia is multidisciplinary, with 18 departments (link) and 11 student residence halls, some of which date back to the 15th century. Each year, thousands of young people have the opportunity to live, study, carry out research, participate in sports and join the international community in Pavia.
International University. Pavia participates to several international exchange programmes together with universities all over the world, cooperation projects with developing countries, research projects with the most advanced international laboratories and organizes Masters and PhD research programs, Erasmus study abroad program and internships abroad, ensuring a constant flux of ideas and resources.
The University of Pavia has for centuries been active in the international academic community and is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of historic European universities including the Universities of Cambridge, Barcelona, Dublin, Granada, Edinburgh, Heidelberg, Oxford, Prague and others.
Research University. The University of Pavia is a Research University. The University of Pavia participates in international projects, takes part in international university networks and promotes interdisciplinary research and dialogue with the business world. The campus environment facilitates the exchange of knowledge and talent, encourages the interaction between professors and students and fosters the skills and creativity of students in order to prepare them for the future.
Sports University. The University of Pavia has a true sports department. The world champions of canoeing and rowing have studied and trained in Pavia; important boat races, such as Pavia-Pisa and Pavia-Oxford, are held on the Ticino River and the university hosts intercollegiate team sports tournaments. The University Sports Center (CUS) and the Motor Sciences Department offer modern training facilities for sports such as: track and field, canoeing, rowing, volleyball, rugby, fencing, archery, sports for the physically challenged, aerobics, basketball, swimming and sailing.
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