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2 University of Padova: At a glance

3 At a glance


5 Eight Centuries of History

6 The University of Padua traces its origins back to 1222 when a group of law students migrated spontaneously from Bologna to Padua, forming a free association organised into nationes according to their geographic origins. The motto “Universa Universis Patavina Libertas” – ‘complete liberty for all at the University of Padua’ – underlines the total freedom of thought that the university has always granted its teachers and its students alike. This same freedom of thought attracted illustrious scientists to Padua. Eight Centuries of History

7 In the field of medicine, Gian Battista Da Monte was the first in Europe to teach clinical medicine at the patient’s bedside and William Harvey discovered the secrets of blood circulation. In the field of astronomy, figures of note include Copernicus, father of our present understanding of the universe, and Galileo Galilei, who worked at Padua from 1592 to 1610 and found here the ideal conditions for his observations. The University of Padua has also distinguished itself in the area of equal opportunities: the first woman in the world to obtain a degree, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, studied and graduated here in 1678. Eight Centuries of History

8 The University has successfully maintained a healthy relationship with the figures of its past: valuing its heritage of art and museums striving constantly to improve the quality of its teaching and research promoting international exchange programmes developing new teaching methods establishing decentralised structures organising initiatives aimed at achieving didactic excellence Eight Centuries of History

9 Course Organization

10 Departments

11 Social Sciences and Humanities Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation Department of Economics and Management Department of General Psychology Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies Department of Management and Engineering Department of Political and Juridical Sciences and International Studies Department of Private Law and Critique of Law Department of Public, International and Community Law Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology

12 Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Information and Communication, Engineering, Universe and Earth Sciences Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment Department of Biology Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health Department of Chemical Sciences Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science Department of Geosciences Department of Industrial Engineering Department of Information Engineering Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry Department of Mathematics Department of Physics and Astronomy Department of Statistical Sciences Departments

13 Life Sciences Department of Medicine Department of Molecular Medicine Department of Neurosciences Department of Biomedical Sciences Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology Department of Women’s and Children’s Health Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences Departments

14 Focusing on Research




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25 «For the great desire I had to see fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arrived… and am to Padua come, as he that leaves a shallow plash to plunge in the deep, and with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.» (William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew) “Allowing that the honour of being home to the scientific revolution might be said to belong to one single place, that place is Padua.” (H.Butterfield, Harvard University, 1958)

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