University of Parma

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University of Parma
Università degli Studi di Parma
Logo of the University of Parma
Latin: Alma Universitas Studiorum Parmensis
Established1601; 421 years ago (1601)
RectorProf. Paolo Andrei
Administrative staff
Students26,000 (2016)[1]
CampusBoth urban (University town) and suburban
Sports teamsCUS Parma ([1])
ColorsBlue and yellow

The University of Parma (Italian: Università degli Studi di Parma, UNIPR) is a public university in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is organised in nine departments. As of 2016 the University of Parma has about 26,000 students.


During the 13th-14th centuries there was an educational institution, studium, in Parma, but it was closed in 1387 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. The university was opened in 1412 by Niccolò III d'Este, and, although no papal bull was issued, the degrees were granted. In 1420 Filippo Maria Visconti closed it again.[2]

Although there were several attempts to revive the university, it functioned only as a "paper university", granting degrees without teaching. In 1601, the university was finally reopened by Ranuccio I Farnese, and the papal bill was given.[3] It was a joint institution with a Society of Jesus, and a third of staff were teachers from a local Jesuit school, who taught in a separate building and by Jesuit curriculum.[4] There were usually about 27-32 teachers and 300-400 students in the 17th century.[5] Logic, natural history, mathematics and theology were taught by Jesuits and law and medicine by civil teachers.[3] Among the most important Jesuits who taught in Parma should be mentioned Giovanni Battista Riccioli, and Daniello Bartoli.[6]

In 1768, Ferdinand I expelled Jesuits and the curriculum was modernized.[7] In 1831, the university was closed by Marie Louise due to students protests, and it was reopened only in 1854 by Louise Marie. The university consisted of the faculties of theology, law, medicine, physics and mathematics, philosophy and literature and schools of obstetrics, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.[8]

After Risorgimento, there were too many universities in Italy, so they were divided into two grades; in 1862, the University of Parma was declared grade B, its financing was reduced and the quality of education degraded.[9] It was equalized with grade A universities only in 1887.[10]

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Mathematics and Computer Science Building at the University of Parma

The university is now divided into 9 departments.[21]

  • Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
  • Department of Economics and Management
  • Department of Engineering and Architecture
  • Department of Food and Drug
  • Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Law, Politics and International Studies
  • Department of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences
  • Department of Medicine and Surgery
  • Department of Veterinary Science

From 2012 to 2016 the university was divided into 18 departments:[22]

The university was formerly divided into 12 faculties:

Research Labs in the Department of Engineering and Architecture

  1. Industrial Automation Laboratory
  2. IoT Lab

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anagrafe Nazionale Studenti" (in Italian).
  2. ^ Grendler 2004, pp. 126–128.
  3. ^ a b Grendler 2004, pp. 129, 132.
  4. ^ Grendler 2017, pp. 169–171.
  5. ^ Grendler 2004, p. 133.
  6. ^ For a summary description of all of the set of scholars and literati who intervened in teaching at the University of Parma from its creation until 1800, see Cecilia Rolla and Mara Vitale,(2022). Scholars and Literati at the University of Parma (1412-1800).Repertorium Eruditorum Totius Europae/RETE. 6: 1– 8.
  7. ^ Grendler 2017, p. 186.
  8. ^ Annali 2005, p. 105.
  9. ^ Annali 2005, pp. 197–198.
  10. ^ Annali 2005, p. 140.
  11. ^ Grendler 2004, p. 134.
  12. ^ "Attilio Bertolucci | Italian poet, literary critic and translator". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  13. ^ "IEEE to Honor Professor Alberto Broggi, founder of VisLab, an Ambarella Company, for His Achievements in the Field of Autonomous Driving". 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  14. ^ "European Academy of Sciences - Marta Catellani". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  15. ^ "Flavio Delbono — University of Bologna — Curriculum vitae". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  16. ^ "Professor Vittorio Gallese | School of Advanced Study". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  17. ^ "Macedonio Melloni". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  18. ^ "Giuseppe Mingione, il matematico dei record". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  19. ^ "Prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti | Università degli Studi di Parma". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  20. ^ "Cesare Zavattini | Italian writer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  21. ^ "Nuovi Dipartimenti" (in Italian).
  22. ^ "Attivati 18 nuovi Dipartimenti, soppresse Facoltà e costituito nuovo Senato Accademico" (in Italian).


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Coordinates: 44°48′04″N 10°19′30″E / 44.8010°N 10.3251°E / 44.8010; 10.3251