Sapienza University

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Coordinates: 41 ° 54 ′ 12 ″  N , 12 ° 30 ′ 57 ″  E

Sapienza - Università di Roma
motto The future is the passato that
founding 1303
Sponsorship state
place Rome , Italy
Rector Eugenio Gaudio
Students 113,494 (2019)
Employee 10,099 (2019)
including professors 3,462 (2019)
Networks IAU
The main building with the rectorate, library and auditorium
Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza , built by Francesco Borromini , was originally the university chapel
New university chapel La Divina Sapienza, built in 1945–48 by Marcello Piacentini

The University of La Sapienza ( Italian sapienza ' wisdom ' ; Latin Studium Urbis ), officially Sapienza - Università di Roma , also called University of Rome I , is one of the largest universities in Europe and the oldest in the city of Rome .


The Sapienza was originally a papal university . On April 20, 1303, Pope Boniface VIII officially founded the Studium urbis with the papal bull In suprema praeminentia dignitatis in order to train candidates for the priesthood in the vicinity of the Holy See .

The first rooms were in the area around the Basilica di Sant'Eustachio . In the second half of the 16th century, the Palazzo della Sapienza was built there for the University , where the later Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina was also housed.

The Sapienza has been state-owned since 1870 . In 1935 she moved to the monumental Città Universitaria designed by Marcello Piacentini near Roma Termini train station , where the headquarters are still located today. In recent decades, branch offices have been set up in Civitavecchia , Latina , Pomezia and Rieti (all in the Lazio region ) and in Buenos Aires .


Sapienza has eleven faculties and offers 281 different Bachelor and Master courses . The Sapienza includes 54 libraries with around 3.7 million volumes, 18 museums and a further 130 departments and institutes.

In 2011, the university founded the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies to promote particularly talented students .

Well-known lecturers

Well-known alumni

See also

Web links

Commons : La Sapienza University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Sapienza at a Glance - Facts & Figures 2019-2020. (pdf) In: Sapienza - Università di Roma, 2019, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  2. Rettore. In: Sapienza - Università di Roma, accessed on July 26, 2020 (Italian).
  3. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed July 26, 2020 .
  4. Internet presence of the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies