University of Trento
|University of Trento|
|Università degli Studi di Trento|
|Latin: Athesina Studiorum Universitas|
|Rector||Daria de Pretis|
|Location||Trento and Rovereto, Trentino,
|Former names||Istituto Universitario Superiore di Scienze Sociali|
The University of Trento is an Italian university located in the cities of Trento and Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations, as shown by Censis University Guide (where the University of Trento regularly appears in the first five positions, both in the general and faculties ranking) and by the Italian Ministry of Education (according to which the University of Trento is the most virtuous university in Italy).
The didactic and scientific activities are concentrated around three main “areas”: the city area, with the Faculties of Economics, Sociology, Law, Arts and Humanities; the hill area, with the Faculties of Mathematical, Physical and Life sciences and the Faculty of Engineering; and the Rovereto area, with the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences.
- 1 History
- 2 Departments and Centres
- 3 Doctoral Schools
- 4 Internationalization
- 5 Reputation
- 6 Collaborations
- 7 Courses in English
- 8 Services
- 9 University Library System
- 10 Rectors
- 11 Honorary professors
- 12 Honorary degrees
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as a Higher University Institute for Social Sciences. It then became the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy. The impact on the city was quite contradictory: the University was seen both as a motivating force for cultural openness and the creation of a new leading class, but also as a fracturing element of protest.
In order to expand the educational opportunities of the University of Trento, in 1972 the Faculty of Science was founded and in 1973 so was the Faculty of Economics. The academic project was even more widened in 1984 with the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Law and in 1985 with the Faculty of Engineering. In 2004 the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences was founded, as the first of its kind in Italy.
Departments and Centres
- Civil, Environmental and Mechanical engineering
- Economics and Management
- Faculty of Law
- Industrial engineering
- Information engineering and Computer science
- Psychology and Cognitive science
- Sociology and Social research
- CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology
- CIMEC - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences
- SSI - School of international studies
- Biomolecular Sciences
- Cognitive and Brain Sciences
- Comparative and European legal studies
- Economics and Management (within the School in Social Sciences)
- Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
- Environmental engineering
- Information and Communication Technology
- International Studies
- Local Development and Global Dynamics (within the School in Social Sciences)
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Psychological Sciences and Education
- Sociology and Social Research (within the School in Social Sciences)
Special importance has been given to the International dimension of the University ever since its first years. The University has focused on the development of strategic international alliances in the view of complementarity. The University has partnerships with prestigious universities and research centers all over the world and is part of important cooperation networks (for instance Consorzio Time, Asea-Uninet GE4).
Besides the LLP-Erasmus project, ever since 1997, the University has also supported double degree agreements. The most recent one is the double degree in Civil Engineering with the University of Tongi China (May 2008): students can achieve a Master in Civil Engineering and the two year Master course in Civil Engineering in Trento. The University is also part of the Erasmus Mundus programme and the Erasmus Mundus External cooperation window (now called action 2 of Erasmus Mundus II).
The University also has a number of bilateral agreements with universities in Asia, America, the Middle East and Oceania. There are also many collaborations for development co-operation, with African and Latin American universities. Foreign Tenured scholars and Visiting professors are 10% of the total amount of professors. The University is investing in calling high profile foreign scholars and different Italian scholars have arrived in Trento after important experiences abroad, contributing to the internationalization of the University. The collaboration with Germany brought Trento to being chosen as the Italian seat of the Italian-German University, an institution that deals with coordination for advanced training and research between Italian and German universities.
In 2012, the University of Trento celebrated its first 50 years: a tradition that brings it to be acknowledged as one of the leading universities in Italy, as indicated by several national rankings: the university ranks in first position for the quality of its research and didactics in the MIUR ranking and in first place in the overall ranking in the 2010 Censis Guide from La Repubblica newspaper; in the annual ranking by the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the university is in 5th place among Italian public universities.
In the QS World University ranking 2010, the University of Trento is one of the few Italian universities mentioned, confirming its placement in the 401–500 bracket, while charting in the 201–300 bracket in the Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences subject rankings.
In 2013, the University of Trento is considered the best university in Italy by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Courses in English
In collaboration with the Opera Universitaria, the University offers 1500 accommodations in the San Bartolomeo Campus, in student residences or flats that have special agreements with the University. The University has a central library composed of different buildings (in each Faculty) where students can consult books or borrow them, study or use the internet, with long opening hours (even until midnight), open Saturday and Sunday.
With the Welcome Office, the University supports International students and researchers in the administrative procedures connected with their arrival and stay in Trento (entry visa, residence permit, health insurance, accommodation, National insurance number, etc.) and gives information as regards the modalities and documentation needed to enroll. The office also organizes social events and trips: Welcoming day; sessions dedicated to the spread of information; and excursions and socio-cultural activities to help guests integrate in the University and territory.
The contributions and aid for fee payment are a relevant issue for the University. Thanks to the Opera Universitaria, the University is able to offer students grants. Starting from academic year 2008/2009, the University radically changed its university fees system, emphasizing merit and students’ efforts. Those who enroll have the chance to apply for grants up to € 4.000.
The latest project born at the University of Trento is UNI.sport, the new university network for sports services and facilities dedicated to the students of the University of Trento.
University Library System
The library was created in 1962 initially as a facility to support the teaching and research activities of the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Sociali (Advanced institute of social sciences) which turned into the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy, in 1972. The system then developed following the evolution of the University, in particular in 1972, with the creation of the Faculty of Sciences, in 1973, with the opening of Economics and in 1984 and 1985 with creation respectively of the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Engineering.
The Library has been a member of the Bibliographic Catalogue of Trentino since 1984 thus making it possible to search its contents online. Later on the Library was included in the Trentino Library System and it became a highly specialized bibliographic and cultural centre, which is accessible not only for students and teachers of the University, but also for all citizens.
The University Library System aims at:
- acquiring, cataloguing, accessing, updating and storing the bibliographic heritage of the University of Trento
- the development library, documentary and ITC services to support teaching and research activities
- the continuous widening of technologically advanced systems to access and use the bibliographic information online
- the subscription and participation in the regional, national and international coordination bodies, with other universities, library systems, research institutes, consortia and institutes
Last update 01.01.2013
- No. of dissertations 1.944
- No. of volumes 448.808
- No. of magazines 2.718
- No. of paper on-going and interrupted magazines 12.078
- No. of on-going e-magazines 8.496
- No. of on-going and interrupted e-magazines 10.947
- No. of databases 130
- No. of e-books 3.589
The collections of sociology, ancient law books and Slave studies are particularly important.
- 1962 – 1968 Mario Volpato
- 1968 – 1970 Francesco Alberoni
- 1970 Norberto Bobbio
- 1970 – 1972 Guido Baglioni
- 1972 – 1978 Paolo Prodi
- 1977 – 1978 Ezio Clementel
- 1978 – 1990 Fabio Ferrari
- 1990 – 1996 Fulvio Zuelli
- 1996 – 2004 Massimo Egidi
- 2004 – 2013 Davide Bassi
- 2013 - today Daria De Pretis
- Imrich Chlamtac
- Jean-Paul Fitoussi
- Mikhail Gorbačëv, ex President of the Soviet Union.
- Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, XIV Dalai Lama.
- Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic
- James March
- Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, awarded on 11 February 2008
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