University of Trento

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University of Trento
Università degli Studi di Trento
Latin: Athesina Studiorum Universitas
Former names
Istituto Universitario Superiore di Scienze Sociali
Type Public university
Established 1962
President Innocenzo Cipolletta
Rector Paolo Collini
Academic staff
Students 15.165
Location Trento and Rovereto, Trentino,
Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Italy.svg Italy

46°04′10″N 11°07′16″E / 46.069426°N 11.121117°E / 46.069426; 11.121117Coordinates: 46°04′10″N 11°07′16″E / 46.069426°N 11.121117°E / 46.069426; 11.121117
Campus Urban
Sports UNI.Sport
CUS webpage
Affiliations EUA

The University of Trento (Italian: Università degli Studi di Trento) is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations[1] according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.[2]

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 Faculty of Cognitive Sciences at Rovereto.[citation needed]


The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as a Higher University Institute for Social Sciences.[3] 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.[4]

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 expanded 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.[citation needed]

Departments and Centres[edit]



  • CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology
  • CIMEC - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences
  • SSI - School of international studies

Doctoral Schools[edit]

  • 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
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • International Studies
  • Local Development and Global Dynamics (within the School in Social Sciences)
  • Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • 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,[5] Asea-Uninet GE4).[6]

Aside from the LLP-Erasmus project, 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 part of the Erasmus Mundus programme and the Erasmus Mundus External cooperation window (now called action 2 of Erasmus Mundus II).[citation needed]

The University has a number of bilateral agreements with universities in Asia, America, the Middle East and Oceania.[7] There is collaboration for development co-operation with African and Latin American universities. Foreign Tenured scholars and Visiting professors are 10% of the total amount of professors. Collaboration with Germany brought Trento to the Italian seat of the Italian-German University, an institution that deals with coordination for advanced training and research between Italian and German universities.[8]


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;[9] in the annual ranking by the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the university is in 5th place among Italian public universities.[10]

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,[11] while charting in the 201–300 bracket in the Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences subject rankings.[12]

In the 2015/16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Trento placed 198th globally.[13]

University of Trento and Microsoft Research open in Trento "The Centre for Computational and Systems Biology" (COSBI). The University of Trento has been increasing the number of courses available in English in parallel with its increased internationalization.[citation needed]


In collaboration with the Opera Universitaria, Trento 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. 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 €4000. The latest project born at the University of Trento is, the new university network for sports services and facilities dedicated to the students of Trento University.[citation needed]

University Library System[edit]

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.[citation needed]


The University Library System aims at:[citation needed]

  • 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

Contents (last update 1 January 2013)[edit]

  • 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– 2014 Daria de Pretis
  • 2015 - today Paolo Collini

Honorary professors[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Awarded to Degree Awarded on
John Cole Anthropology 14.10.2002
Reinhard Elze Law 08.03.1995
Rudolf B. Schlesinger Law 08.03.1995
Monsignor Iginio Rogger Law 12.04.2006
Rory Byrne Materials Engineering 05.05.2005
Andrea Zanzotto Arts and Humanities 21.11.1995
Paul Charles Cristophe Claval Arts and Humanities 08.03.1995
Giulio Einaudi Arts and Humanities 11.12.1997
Jean Rousset Foreign languages and Literature 21.11.1995
Carlo Alberto Mastrelli Foreign languages and Literature 11.12.1997
Isabel Allende Modern European-American Languages and Literature 15.05.2007
Daniel Kahnemann Psychology and Mathematics 14.10.2002
Ermanno Gorrieri Sociology 08.03.1999
Tina Anselmi Sociology 30.03.2004
Maurizio Cattelan Sociology 30.03.2004

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Censis general ranking". Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Università, più fondi alle migliori Tagli per 27 atenei "sotto gli standard"". Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  3. ^ University of Trento. Topuniversities. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  4. ^ Breve Storia dell’Università a Trento by Paolo Rauzi,; accessed 30 March 2014.
  5. ^ T.I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  6. ^; retrieved 23 January 2011.
  7. ^ Accordi Bilaterali,; retrieved 23 February 2011.
  8. ^ Information in English,; retrieved 23 February 2011.
  9. ^ Classifica Censis Repubblica 2010, Trento Università migliore. (2010-07-23). Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  10. ^ Le pagelle alle università. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  11. ^ QS World University Rankings Results 2010,; retrieved 23 February 2011.
  12. ^ University of Trento. Topuniversities; retrieved 23 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Times Higher Education World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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