The University of Florence is one of the major Italian universities, with 126 degree courses (Bachelors and Masters) organized in 10 Schools, with a total population of about 54,000 students. More than 9,000 graduate each year and the percentage of Bachelor’s graduates who works after a year from graduation is higher than the national average (Almalaurea data). According to the ranking of the most influential economy and financial Italian magazine , Il Sole 24 Ore, the University of Florence is among the top ten Italian state universities.
The University has its origins in the Studium Generale created by the Florentine Republic in 1321. The subjects taught were law, civil and canon law, literature and medicine. As teachers were called many famous names: Giovanni Boccaccio was appointed to give lectures on the Divine Comedy.
Today it is one of the largest research and higher education organizations in Italy, with about 2,000 teachers and researchers, about 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and about 1,900 PhD students and fellows.
The University of Florence is one of the largest and most productive systems of the Italian public research, in relation to the number and diversity of its scientific-disciplinary researchers and many junior scientist in training, to the intense participation in relevant programs of national and international interest, to the scientific results and to external cash flow that supports the research. This combination of factors, which qualifies the University of Florence as a modern “research university”, are what determines the good positions of the University of Florence in national and international rank.
The University traditionally pays special attention to the development of partnerships with foreign universities and to the process of internationalization, which has become a strategic and dominant aspect of the academic life in research, teaching, organization of studies, mobility of academics, researchers and students.
There are currentlyStudium In 1999 the University of Florence has been recognized as “Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence” for the purpose of coordinating, in collaboration with other academic institutions, all activities related to European integration and to disseminate information on these activities. From time were also undertaken courses of study leading to joint degrees with other universities.
The University participates with great commitment to any initiative aimed creating the so-called European Research Area, including the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. The University is particularly active in this sector, as evidenced by the increase significant loans obtained in the course of time.
The international dimension of the University of Florence is visible through the nearly 3,000 foreign students enrolled, among whom there are more than 300 Chinese youth. Over a thousand students from Europe also move, under Erasmus, during the academic year for a period of study in Florence. In 2011, the University has received an award from the National Agency for Lifelong Learning Programme for the efforts made in the context of international mobility through the Erasmus program, especially in terms of welcoming of foreign students.
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