University of Pisa

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University of Pisa
Università di Pisa
University of Pisa.svg
Seal of the University of Pisa
Latin: Universitas Pisana
MottoIn supremæ dignitatis
Motto in English
In supreme dignity
Established1343; 679 years ago (1343)[1]
RectorPaolo Mancarella
Administrative staff
CampusUrban/University town
Sports teamsUS Pisa
AffiliationsICoN, EUA, URA, PEGASUS

The University of Pisa (Italian: Università di Pisa, UniPi) is a public research university located in Pisa, Italy. It was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI.[1] It is the 19th oldest extant university in the world and the 10th oldest in Italy.[2] The university is ranked within the top 10 nationally and the top 400 in the world according to the ARWU and the QS. It houses the Orto botanico di Pisa, Europe's oldest academic botanical garden, which was founded in 1544.

The University of Pisa is part of the Pisa University System, which includes the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies. The university has about 50,000 students (of which 46,000 are undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and 3,500 are doctoral and specialization studies).

In the fields of philology and cultural studies, the University of Pisa is a leading member of ICoN, an inter-university consortium of 21 Italian universities supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, as well as a member of the European University Association, the Partnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities network and the Cineca consortium. It's the only university in Italy which has become a member of the Universities Research Association.[3]

Among its notable graduates there are several national and foreign political leaders including two Italian presidents, five Popes, five Italian prime ministers and three Nobel Laureates as students, faculty or staff affiliates.

Pisa has an athletic rivalry with the University of Pavia, which traditionally culminates in the Pisa-Pavia Regatta (Regata Pisa-Pavia [it]), the oldest competition of this kind in Italy, and second in Europe only to the Oxford Cambridge boat race.[citation needed]

In 2013, the University of Pisa finished with La Sapienza University of Rome in first place among the Italian universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[4][5][6]

Organization and administration[edit]

The University of Pisa consists of 20 departments. These departments offers several courses in their related field of study:

PhD studies are usually offered and arranged by the departments. The lectures are mostly given in Italian, except for a number of courses at the faculty of foreign languages and literature, some scientific programmes, such as the international MSc in aerospace engineering (EuMAS), Master in Business Informatics, the Master of Science in Space Engineering[7] and the Master in Computer Science and Networking,[8] jointly offered with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Students also have at their disposal a language centre, where they can attend courses in foreign languages, a sports centre (Cus Pisa) that arranges for many sports intramural leagues and allows sports practice in almost all the disciplines available in Italy, and three university refectories (Mense universitarie). The University of Pisa is not organized in the form of one unique campus, but rather its many buildings are scattered throughout the whole Pisa area, especially in the city centre.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[9]201-300
QS World[10]389
THE World[11]301-350
National – Overall
ARWU National[citation needed]1-3

Notable people[edit]


Notable people who have attended the University of Pisa include:

In politics and government:

In theology:

In science:

In other fields:

Notable people who have attended the University of Pisa include:

Faculty and staff[edit]

Prominent scholars who have taught at the University of Pisa include:

In science:

In other fields:

In popular culture[edit]

The University of Pisa is mentioned in the film Don Juan (1926). The central character in the TV series My Brilliant Friend (based on the novel by Elena Ferrante) attends and graduated from the university.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hall-Quest, Alfred Lawrence (1976). "Pisa, University of". In William D. Halsey (ed.). Collier's Encyclopedia. 19. New York: Macmillan Educational Corporation. p. 81.
  2. ^ List of oldest universities in continuous operation
  3. ^ "URA Universities". Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "ARWU Universities in Top 500 – Italy". Archived from the original on November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Gli atenei toscani nella top world 500". Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Le università di Pisa e Siena tra i primi 500 atenei al mondo at La Nazione
  7. ^ MSSE
  8. ^ MCSN
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ QS World University Rankings 2018
  11. ^ a b "World University Rankings". 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Europe Teaching Rankings 2019". 27 June 2019.
  13. ^ "University of Pisa".
  14. ^ U.S. News & World Report College and University rankings 2011
  15. ^ European Research Ranking 2010

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