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1 THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA TODAY Data updated to November 2010

2 THE ALMA MATER IN FIGURES 5 Campuses based in Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini and one decentralized location in Buenos Aires About 83 thousand students enrolled, making this university one of the largest in Italy (A.Y. 2009/10) 23 Faculties, 69 Departments, 20 Research Centres, 220 degree programmes activated 51 PhD/Doctoral degree programmes, 70 Master's degree programmes, 52 higher training courses 3.098 permanent teachers and researchers, 3.151 TA units, some 2.000 contract teachers and over 2.200 contract collaborators involved to a varying extent in research activities 934 thousand sqm surface area assigned to teaching, scientific and cultural activities distributed among the 5 Campuses 430 institutional websites, 119 web services and about 100.000 online contents are an integral part of the University Web Portal

3 5 Campuses in Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini and a decentralized base in Buenos Aires. Other teaching structures are based in Cesenatico, Faenza, Imola, and Ozzano. 23 Faculties, 69 Departments and 1 Research Institute, 20 Research Centres, 12 Service Centres, 7 Special Structures, 65 Libraries and 17 Museum Structures. A surface area of 934 thousand sqm is assigned to teaching, scientific and cultural activities on the 5 Campuses. ALMA MATER - THE STRUCTURES

4 THE MULTI-CAMPUS SYSTEM The multi-campus system of Alma Mater in the Romagna region - created in 2001 - is today considered a model for decentralization, allowing for deployment of learning opportunities and activation of a stable research activity across the territory. The results are as follows: About 28% of the first-year students enrolled in the A.Y. 2009/10 chose Romagna campuses The quality of research at the Romagna campuses is the same as at Bologna according to recent surveys (CIVR evaluation)

5 MULTI-CAMPUS – FORLÌ CAMPUS The Campus of Forlì - the first product of the decentralization process – kicked off in 1989 with the establishing of a degree programme in Political Science (International Political Science specialization) and the founding of an Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators. In following years the gamut of learning opportunities broadened with the setting up of new Faculties and, in October 2001, a proper Campus administration. Faculties: POLITICAL SCIENCE ECONOMICS ENGINEERING (SECOND FACULTY) ADVANCED SCHOOL FOR INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS (SSLMIT)

6 MULTI-CAMPUS – CESENA CAMPUS The small city of Cesena can boast a long academic tradition dating back to the 16th century. Interrupted in 1800, academic activities did not resume until 1989 but then with renewed intensity. As of 2001, university activities in Cesena have given rise to a proper Campus as part of the University's multi-campus system. Faculties: AGRICULTURE ARCHITECTURE ENGINEERING (SECOND FACULTY) VETERINARY MEDICINE (CESENATICO) PSYCHOLOGY MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES

7 MULTI-CAMPUS – RAVENNA CAMPUS In targeting the cultural activities and the opportunities offered by the local territory, the Campus of Ravenna is an excellent venue for studies related to the cultural heritage, the environment and environmental quality, but also business law, relations with Eastern Europe and Mediterranean Countries and, more recently, territorial and town planning. Faculties: INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY (FAENZA) CULTURAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION LAW ENGINEERING MEDICINE MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES

8 MULTI-CAMPUS – RIMINI CAMPUS The first university activities of Rimini Campus date from 1972 and developed largely in the 1980s, with a main focus on tourist and IT for business. In the following years other Faculties were established here, making this a fully-fledged national-level campus. Faculties: ECONOMICS STATISTICAL SCIENCES PHARMACY ARTS AND PHILOSOPHY INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY GYMNASTICS AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES MEDICINE EDUCATION SCIENCES

9 BUENOS AIRES ADVANCED STUDIES CENTER In 1998 the University of Bologna set up the Buenos Aires center (Argentina), creating an academic campus strongly integrated with the Argentinian university system. The mission of this university branch is to train students to operate at an international level, especially in international relations between the EU and Latin America. To accomplish its mission, Alma Mater in Buenos Aires offers interdisciplinary degree programmes related to: the integration process, and international economic relations between the EU and Latin America new democracy issues and perspectives corporate structure and strategies of business internationalization negotiation and cooperation processes within the international context management of institutional and organizational change

10 SPECIAL STRUCTURES: ISTITUTO DI STUDI SUPERIORI To promote interdisciplinary exchange and mobility of students/scholars from different Countries, the Istituto di Studi Superiori (ISS) was founded in 2008, merging the Collegio Superiore and the Istituto di Studi Avanzati. Founded in 1998, the Collegio Superiore currently hosts 132 students. It offers training and education at a high level to students selected on a meritocratic basis, integrating Faculty curricula with advanced interdisciplinary pathways and providing a dedicated residence structure. The Istituto di Studi Avanzati - operating since 2001 - supplies researchers and professors at the University of Bologna with the tools and resources to host visiting professors and young scholars in order to spread new ideas and make the exchange of knowledge possible.

11 SERVICE STRUCTURES: LIBRARIES The University of Bologna incorporates a huge and complex bibliographic heritage, which is integrated in the SBA - the University Library System. The University Library System (SBA) is composed of: 85 service points 6 thousand posts for reading and investigations 3.5 million monographs 21 thousand online periodicals 250 databases 20 thousand electronic books The Inter-Library Centre (CIB) supplies automation services and develops new library services.

12 3.098 permanent teachers and researchers, 3.151TA units, some 2.070 contract teachers and over 2.200 contract collaborators involved to a varying extent in research activities The collaboration of these last comprises: 169 postgraduate or PhD scholarships (including the scholarships for the specialization courses abroad) 1.110 research grants and post-doctoral grants (as long as funds permit) 296 autonomous contracts for research programmes 644 special training contracts for doctors ALMA MATER - THE PERSONNEL

13 In all about 83 thousand students are enrolled in the University, making it one of the best attended universities in Italy (A.Y. 2009/10) accounting for some 5% of the national total. The learning packet is composed of 220 degree programmes (A.Y.2010/11), including: 51 doctoral/PhD programmes (cycle XXVI) 42 specialization programmes (A.Y. 2009/10) 43 first-level master's degree programmes (A.Y. 2009/10) 27 second-level master's degree programmes (A.Y. 2009/10) 52 advanced training courses/continuing education programmes (A.Y. 2008/09) ALMA MATER - TEACHING

14 ALMA MATER - LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES In the A.Y. 2010/11 the University has activated 220 degree programmes: 101 first-cycle degree programmes, 108 second-cycle degree programmes, 11 single- cycle degree programmes. The attractiveness of the University's learning packet is proved by (A.Y. 2009/10): the percentage of foreign students enrolled: 6 % (the Italian average is 3.2 %) the percentage of students coming from other Italian regions: 41.9 % of students enrolled (the Italian average is 20%) the number of students enrolled in PhD/Doctoral degree programmes: 1.750, of whom about 12.6% are foreign students. The efficiency of the teaching system is proved by (A.Y. 2009/10): the percentage of students enrolled in the second year with at least 40 credits: 57.7 % (the Italian average is 32.9%) the number of on-time graduates. In 2009, 15.550 students graduated, 42.5% of them finishing their degrees on time (the Italian average is 40.7%)

15 POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION&TRAINING The University of Bologna has committed itself to an innovative system of post-graduate programmes and to the initiative of lifelong learning, partly arranged through a specific external body: the Fondazione Alma Mater. In the A.Y. 2009/10 there are 881 students enrolled in first-level master's degree programmes and 442 enrolled in second-level master's programmes. Alma Mater offers 15 master's degree programmes in an international language. The University is also engaged in other joint ventures for higher education, such as the Alma Graduate School, operating in the field of business management education.

16 ALMA MATER - SERVICES TO STUDENTS The University of Bologna offers its students a wide array of services to support them during their academic career and on into civic life. The main services are: FINANCIAL AID: scholarships and other financial aid services to students obtaining good results and with a low income. GUIDANCE AND TUTORSHIP: days of vocational guidance towards an academic career, counselling services, degree programme-dedicated tutorship, tutors at student residences and career service oriented to the job market (traineeships and internships); ONLINE SERVICES: online registration, enrolment and payment (Almawelcome); University e-mail account and dedicated websites (AlmaZeta, student's Mio Portale, teacher's web page); registration and application to sit exams, curricula, online learning material; guide to the learning prospectus and to Bologna city facilities; newsletter, etc; CULTURAL ACTIVITIES and MUSEUMS: a dedicated programme of cultural activities organized by the various university structures, including liaison with other local authorities (Unibocultura); network of university museums: the SMA (University Museums System), the Museum of Palazzo Poggi and European Museum of the Students; special cultural agreements with cinemas, theatres and cultural institutions; SPORTS AND LEISURE TIME SERVICES: the CUSB (the University of Bologna Sports Centre) promoting and organizing university sports activities and competitions, as well as managing sports facilities.

17 ALMA MATER - RESEARCH The research activity at the University of Bologna is characterized by its international and interdisciplinary nature, as well as by its excellence; its research personnel includes teachers, about 1,300 researchers, 1,800 PhD students and over 1,000 research grant holders. The research activity has led to the realization of: 3,000 products of high and very high quality (annual average) 73 patent families up to October 2010 € 13 millions in financial resources distributed in 2010 among the different Departments, also depending on their productivity and scientific quality 188 projects sponsored by PRIN 2008 (of which 66 as national coordinators) and 612 PRIN 2009 projects submitted, allowing the University to have in the 2008 competition, a success factor equivalent to 5.44% (over the national average of large universities, which is equivalent to 3.97%).

18 RESEARCH – EUROPEAN FINANCING PROGRAMMES The University of Bologna has already undertaken the internationalization process for a long time. Since the beginning of the Framework Programme 7 - EU, Alma Mater has obtained the financing for over 150 projects for a total of more than 45 millions Euros.

19 RESEARCH – INTERDIPARTIMENTAL CENTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH With a total of 7 Interdepartmental Research Centres the University will take part into the technological poles provided by the network of high technology of the Emilia-Romagna Region, benefitting from important European and regional aids.

20 ALMA MATER - INTERNATIONALIZATION Internationalization has long been considered a strategic leverage instrument for the Alma Mater development plan. International learning prospectus: In the A.Y. 20010/11, 34 international degree programmes were activated – first and second cycle – leading to double, multiple, or joint degrees, 12 of which were held in English. Currently, the degree programmes offered mainly deal with agriculture, economics, engineering, political science, industrial chemistry and mathematics. Educational internationalization: 85 projects activated in 2009 and 2010; The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window initiative has been the main success in 2010: the University of Bologna is the Italian university winning most economic resources with about 4 million Euros, distributed over 11 projects.

21 ALMA MATER - INTERNATIONALIZATION University students abroad: Alma Mater ranks first in Europe for the number of students participating in international mobility programmes. In the A.Y. 2009/10, the mobility grants assigned comprised: 1.473 Erasmus scholarships 59 Erasmus Placement grants 164 Overseas grants 78 Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window scholarships About a hundred teachers had at least one mobility experience abroad as part of the Erasmus Teaching Staff Mobility or on monitoring visits. Foreign students at the University: The number of foreign students regularly enrolled in degree programmes is constantly growing: in 2009/10, there were 5.000, over 6% of all students enrolled 2.080 foreign students chose the University of Bologna in the A.Y. 2009/10 via international mobility projects, and 750 of these participated in Summer Schools. In all, the University of Bologna annually welcomes over 7 thousand students and about 200 foreign teachers.

22 INTERNATIONAL EVALUATION AND RECOGNITION Positioning of Alma Mater among the top international rankings (Year 2010) 176th position in the international QS - World University Rankings of the world best universities, consolidating its position in the 200 top universities together with Roma “La Sapienza” (at the 190th position) The fundamental objective of the CHE Excellence Ranking is not to make a classification but to identify groups of excellence in a particular disciplinary area, through the realization of a multidimensional ranking. In the 2010 edition, the Excellence Ranking exclusively focused on natural and mathematical sciences and the University of Bologna proved to excellent in the chemical area. In 2009, the Excellence Ranking has reviewed the economic, political and psychological sciences, with the University of Bologna distinguishing itself in all three areas. The results are published in the prestigious Die Zeit weekly magazine Among the first 300 university in the world, the fifth position in Italy, in the classification realized by Jiao Tong University of Shanghai 118th world position, third for Italy (ex-aequo with Padua), in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (Taiwan) 86th world position, first in Italy, in the Webometrics classification

23 FOR FURTHER DETAILS Web Portal of the University of Bologna Research Learning Opportunities Internationalization Student-Oriented Services Alma Mater Support


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