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The University of Verona

History in brief

At the beginning of the 1950s, a group of Catholic intellectuals gave birth to the “Libera Scuola Superiore di Scienze Storiche Ludovico Antonio Muratori” in Verona, along with the “Nova Historia” journal.

That very group suggested the foundation of a university in Verona and their idea was turned into practice in February 1959, when Prof. Giorgio Zanotto, mayor of Verona, added to the agenda of the Town Council “the institution of a university school of Economics in Verona”. The Chamber of Commerce and the Province supported the project enthusiastically. Thus, the Free Faculty of Economics was created, along with a Consortium for the University in charge of its management. In the summer of 1959, the seat of the University was established at Giuliari Palace, given by the countess Giuliari Tusini and currently seat of the Rectorship. Enrolments started and the opening ceremony of the new faculty took place on November 1, 1959. However, the initiative was not recognised by the government and the expectations of both the local authorities and the students were disappointed. The authorities of the town started making all possible efforts in order to change the situation and in 1963 the University of Padua acknowledged the faculty of Economics as its detached branch. In July 1963 the first graduation took place at the newly born faculty in Verona. Later, Padua decided to move to Verona also the detached branches of Medicine and Education, the last one developing into the current faculty of Humanities and Philosophy.

The whole project giving birth to the University of Verona had its final actualization in 1982, when the governmental authorities acknowledged that the University of Verona had its autonomy under the State control. The University of Verona developed more and more, thanks to the precious support and cooperation of the representatives of the main public and private institutions at governmental, regional and local level, along with the contribution of valid academics; as a result, it acquired its present structure with its 8 faculties: Economics; Law; Humanities and Philosophy; Foreign Languages and Literatures; Medicine and Surgery; Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; Education; Motor and Sport Sciences.

The University of Verona is located in two important poles: “Veronetta”, with the Human Sciences faculties, and “Borgo Roma”, with the faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Other seats are placed throughout the town, such as the Faculty of Law and the courses for the degree in Social Services, the Faculty of Motor and Sport Sciences and the courses for the degree in Enology at Villa Lebrecht in S. Floriano of S. Pietro in Cariano (VR). Finally, other corse are in Legnago (VR), Vicenza, Bolzano, Trento, Ala (TN) and Rovereto.

The University of Verona is deeply linked to the surrounding territory. As a matter of fact, reports show that it is the first university in Italy for private funding, a recognition which testifies to the credibility it arouses among enterprises. Its excellence is emphasized also by the rank conquered in the list of the Great Universities, i.e. those with a number of students ranging between 20.000 and 40.000, where Verona has gained the 4th position. Moreover, it is famous for the quality of the services for orientation, stages, international relations, scholarships and taxes exemptions, multimedial rooms, libraries, and centres of scientific research etc., located in the several seats. The University of Verona is therefore a vital centre of research and culture, which harmonically interacts with the community of Verona and the net of Venetian Universities. Moreover, in cooperation with the Authority for the Right of Study, it offers services helping students to live their experience of study fully: accommodation, refectories, cultural and sport activities.

The main aspects contributing to qualifying the University of Verona according to European standards are (i) scientific research, (ii) internationalization initiatives, (iii) training courses, (iv) services to students and (v) the promotion and implementation of human, financial and structural resources. Scientific research is developed through more than 45 doctoral courses and through funding resources amounting to € 3.052.000 for departments and institutes in 2008, € 2.400.000 for the studies and researches of the University, and € 60.000 for the protection of patents. Highly prestigious are “Joint Projects”, i.e. the research projects developed in cooperation with firms and organizations and leading to the improvement of scientific innovation and technical progress. Finally, the University of Verona pays special attention to Europe, particularly with reference to the actuation of the communitarian policies regarding technical research and development, for which it invested € 1.744.548 in 2007.