University of Insubria

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University of Insubria
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Latin: 'Universitas Studiorum Insubriae'
Established 1998
Type State-supported

Prof. Alberto Coen Porisini,

Vicary: Prof. Giuseppe Colangelo
Students 8.785 (academic year 2013/2014)
Location Como and Varese, Italy
Sports teams CUS dei Laghi (

The University of Insubria (Italian: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria) is an Italian university located in Como and Varese, with secondary locations in Busto Arsizio and Saronno. It was founded in 1998, it has been named after the area where it is situated, the historical-geographical region of Insubria.

According to the ranking made by Il Sole 24 Ore in 2011, the University of Insubria places itself 16th out of the 58 state-supported Italian universities; third in Lombardy after Politecnico di Milano and University of Pavia.[1]

The Faculty of Law in Como has passed from the 9th to the 6th place in the CENSIS 2010/2011 Faculty of Law table.

History and profile[edit]

The University of Insubria, which includes two main sites, in Como and in Varese, was incorporated on July 14, 1998, but the institution which thus became a University had earlier origins. In 1972, a University Centre had been established in Varese as an extension of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Pavia followed in 1990 by an extension of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences and of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Milan. In 1989, a University Centre had been established in Como as an extension of the Engineering Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano university and of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Milan.

In the frame of Governmental reform designed to solve the problems of overcrowed universities in Italy, plans were made to establish new universities, some of which had to include a network of sites.

In 1996-1997, the Osservatorio Nazionale, the Italian national office for the assessment of the University system, had visited the facilities in the University sites in Como and Varese, where other Faculties had been opened in the meantime, and had suggested that a new University featuring an organisation based on two Delegacies should be opened.

In Italy, this was one of the first proposals aimed at establishing a University network. The new University of Insubria is in a large centre of population, and has close cultural and academic relationships with the Universities of Milan and Pavia, upon which it is based, as well as with the other Universities in the Insubria territory, including the Canton Ticino (Switzerland).

The University of Insubria acquired full status on July 14, 1998. The newly established University, which is anchored to the traditions of the Insubria territory is the first example of a network based organisation as suggested by the Osservatorio Nazionale in its assessment of the Italian University system.

The University of Insubria implied a radical change in the local historical development, which was socially and economically expensive because the territory was organised as a suburb of city of Milan, and horizontal connections were inadequate for the population growing needs. Today more than 7,000 students no longer commute between Varese and Milan or Como and Milan.


Since faculties in Italy have been abolished, departments (that usually managed research) have taken up faculties' didactic duties. The current departments (as of 2014) are the following:

  • Dipartimento di biotecnologie e scienze della vita - DBSV (ex faculty of science)
  • Dipartimento di diritto, economia e culture - DiDEC
  • Dipartimento di economia - DiECO
  • Dipartimento di medicina clinica e sperimentale - DMCS
  • Dipartimento di scienza e alta tecnologia - DISAT (ex faculty of science)
  • Dipartimento di scienze chirurgiche e morfologiche - DSCM
  • Dipartimento di scienze teoriche e applicate - DISTA (ex faculty of science)

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