University of Trento

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University of Trento
founding 1962
Sponsorship state
place Trento , Trentino-South Tyrol
country ItalyItaly Italy
Rector Paolo Collini
Students 15,000
Networks AARC , TIME

The University of Trento ( Italian Università degli Studi di Trento ) is a state university in the northern Italian city of Trento in the Trentino-South Tyrol region and the second largest university in the European region of Tyrol .

The university's institutions are spread over two different locations in the city itself and a branch in neighboring Rovereto . The faculties of economics, sociology, law, literature and philosophy are located in the city center. The faculties of mathematics, physics and natural sciences and engineering are located on a hill above Trento. The Faculty of Cognitive Sciences is based in Rovereto.

The university is one of the sponsors of the Trento Economic Festival.


The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as a technical college for social sciences . The institute later became the first faculty of sociology in Italy. The relationship between the university and the city was ambivalent at the beginning: on the one hand, the university was an impetus for cultural opening and the promotion of general education; on the other hand, the critical discussions among the students led to tensions with the conservative local bourgeoisie.

In 1972, the university's courses of study were expanded to include mathematics , physics and natural sciences, including engineering, and in 1973 the economic faculty was added. In 1984, with the establishment of a humanities and law, the expansion of the university to a full university was completed. In 2004 the first faculty of cognitive science in Italy was established here.

The university values ​​close relationships with industry and business. It makes its structures available to a wide audience outside of the university. The university is now recognized by the city administration and the population as an asset.


Right from the start, the university attached great importance to developing and maintaining international partnerships. It has partnerships with universities and research centers around the world and participates in important cooperation networks such as B. Time , Asea Uninet (Asean European University Network), GE4 (Global Education for European Engineers and Entrepreneurs).

In addition to the LLP-Erasmus project , the university has been promoting dual study programs since 1997. The most recent agreement for a double master’s degree was concluded in May 2008 with the University of Tongj in China in the field of civil engineering: at the end of their studies, students receive a master’s degree in civil engineering in Tongj and a university degree in civil engineering in Trento. It participates in the Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus Mundus II programs . The bilateral agreements with universities in Asia, America, the Middle East and Oceania are numerous, and cooperation programs with African and South American universities within the framework of development cooperation are increasingly being expanded.

The proportion of foreign professors and visiting professors is around 10% of the total teaching staff. The university invests heavily in recruiting foreign scholars, and many Italian professors have come to Trento after stays abroad. All of this contributes greatly to the internationalization of the University of Trento.

The University of Trento is the seat of the German-Italian University Center , an institution that deals with the coordination of educational and research activities between German and Italian universities.


In the ranking of Italian universities, ed. from the Ministry of University and Research MIUR , the University of Trento takes first place in the field of research and didactics and fourth place in the field of services for students . In the ranking published every year in the newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore", it ranks seventh among the Italian state universities. In the world ranking of universities "World University Rankings 2009", Trento is one of the few Italian universities that appear in the list. It is in the group of universities that ranked between 401 and 500 out of 600 worldwide.


The infrastructure includes canteens , student apartments, study rooms and a library. Thanks to the cooperation with the student union Opera Universitaria , the University of Trento can offer more than 1500 living spaces on the San Bartolameo campus , in dormitories or in apartments. In addition to the central library, there are libraries for the individual faculties. The library has unusually long opening times, including until midnight, and is also open on Saturdays and Sundays. The University's “Welcome Office” assists foreign students and researchers with official procedures, questions about entry visas , residence permits, health insurance, accommodation, tax issues, etc. It organizes events such as information days, excursions and socio-cultural activities.

The university's "Opera Universitaria" student union provides students with various grants . When enrolling , it is possible to apply for a scholarship of up to € 4000.

Since the 2008-2009 academic year, the University has the system of tuition fees entirely renovated, the tuition fees depend in each case on the test results of the students. In the “UNI.Sport” project, a network was created to promote sport, which offers students a wide range of opportunities to do sports.

Lauree honoris causa

Lent to graduation Award date
John Cole anthropology October 14, 2002
Reinhard Elze law Sciences March 8, 1995
Rudolf B. Schlesinger law Sciences March 8, 1995
Monsignor Iginio Rogger law Sciences April 12, 2006
Rory Byrne Materials engineering May 5, 2005
Andrea Zanzotto literature November 21, 1995
Paul Charles Cristophe Claval literature March 8, 1995
Giulio Einaudi Modern literature December 11, 1997
Jean Rousset Foreign languages ​​and literature November 21, 1995
Carlo Alberto Mastrelli Foreign languages ​​and literature December 11, 1997
Isabel Allende Modern Euro-American languages ​​and literature May 15, 2007
Daniel Kahneman Psychology and math October 14, 2002
Ermanno Gorrieri sociology March 8, 1999
Tina Anselmi sociology March 30, 2004
Maurizio Cattelan sociology March 30, 2004

See also

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Università degli Studi di Trento - The Rector
  2. ^ Members of AARC. In: Rector's Conference of the Universities of the Alpes Adriatic Region, accessed on September 14, 2019 .
  3. Festival dell'Economia Trento 2020  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
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