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University of Palermo

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University of Palermo
Università degli Studi di Palermo
TypePublic
Established1806; 218 years ago (1806)
RectorMassimo Midiri
Administrative staff
2,000
Students48,338
Location,
CampusUrban
Sports teamsCUS Palermo (http://www.cuspalermo.it/)
AffiliationsUNIMED
Websitewww.unipa.it/
Faculty of Architecture, University of Palermo

The University of Palermo (Italian: Università degli Studi di Palermo) is a university located in Palermo, Italy, and founded in 1806. It is organized in 12 Faculties.

History

The University of Palermo was officially founded in 1806, although its earliest roots date back to 1498 when medicine and law were taught there. A little later in history, from the second half of the 16th century from their seat at the Collegio Massimo al Cassero, the Jesuit Fathers granted degrees in Theology and Philosophy - subjects in which they had been masters for over 200 years.

In 1767 they were expelled from the kingdom by King Ferdinand I, until 37 years later, when they returned to take their seat - which in the meantime had been turned into the Regia Accademia.

At this time, the same King Ferdinand decided to grant a good seat to the Accademia, moving its location to the Convent of the Teatini Fathers next to the Church of St. Giuseppe.

Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri

After the unification of Italy in 1860, the University of Palermo was modernized under the impetus of the chemist Stanislao Cannizzaro and the minister and specialist in Arab studies Michele Amari, more or less assuming its present appearance. Since 1984 the main building of the University, housing the Rector's office, is Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri, one of the most important historical buildings in Palermo, built in 1307 and formerly the residence of the Chiaramonte. Not far from Palazzo Steri, on land formerly belonging to the Chiaramonte, the Botanical Gardens of Palermo constitute a further admirable pearl of the University.

Today, the University has grown to be an institution of about 2000 lecturers and 50,000 students in which research in all main fields of study is carried out. In the past few years the university has actively taken part in international cooperation programmes.

Organization

Inside the University of Palermo's Art and Architecture building

These are the 12 faculties in which the university is divided into:

Notable people

Alumni

Notable professors

Notes and references

See also

  • (in Italian) University of Palermo Website
  • (in Italian) History of the University of Palermo
  • Life at the University of Palermo
  • Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "University of Palermo" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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