University of Urbino

The University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” ( Italian : University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” University , UNIURB ) is an Italian university located in Urbino , a walled hill-town in the region of Marche , located in the north-eastern part of central Italy. The university was founded in 1506 and, in the 1920s, Gained recognition as an “Independent University” with a charter Which aid was made possible though not mandatory. Once fully Recognized As an Independent University, student numbers gradually increased At as blackberries facilities were opened [ citation needed ] .

During the 1960s/70s, the University succeeded in buying up quite a number of derelict palaces in the old center which have since been restored and used as faculty and department buildings[citation needed]. While the student body and faculties gradually increased and developed over time it was under the long and presidency of Senator for Life Carlo Bo that the University enjoyed unprecedented growth in size and prestige, prompting the former president of the European Community Commission, Roy Jenkins, to state that “the University of Urbino is an incisive presence in contemporary thought, contributing in original ways to the cultural and intellectual life of Europe”[citation needed]. This was also the period where architect Giancarlo De Carlo designed and built the University Halls of Residence, which can accommodate 1500 students[citation needed].

Today, the University of Urbino is a state University. It numbers 8 departments and one centre of excellence and currently has about 20,000 students, many of whom are from overseas[citation needed]. The university has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside. The main accommodation blocks are situated a short distance from the town.

Traditionally a centre of studies in law since its foundation in 1506, nowadays the University of Urbino is renowned mostly for teaching and research in humanities, in particular literature and language studies, and sociology, and for the good reputation of its Italian language courses[citation needed].



Until 2013 the university used to be divided into 11 faculties:

  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Literature and philosophy
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Political Science
  • Faculty of Sociology
  • Faculty of Sport Sciences

Following the approval of the so-called Gelmini reform in 2009 and starting from the 2013/2014 academic year the faculty-based organization has been discontinued. The University of Urbino has then adopted a department-based structure and is currently composed of 8 departments and 1 centre of excellence:

  • Department of Basic Sciences and Foundations
  • Department of Communication Sciences and Humanities
  • Department of Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Economics, Society and Politics
  • Department of Human Sciences
  • Department of International Studies, History, Languages and Cultures
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Biomolecular Sciences
  • Superior Institute of Religious Sciences ‘Italo Mancini’


As of September 2016
University rankings
Times[5] 501-600
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As for library and study facilities, the University offers to students and staff a number of libraries making up the University Library System, along with the Foundation ‘Carlo and Marise Bo’ for Modern and Contemporary European Literature library.


The University does not have own residence halls. However, a number of colleges and dormitories for University of Urbino students are owned and managed by the regional office for the right to academic education. They include 4 colleges (Vela, Tridente, Aquilone and Serpentine) and 1 female dormitory (Casa Studentessa) in Urbino, 1 college located in the scientific campus between Urbino and Fermignano, plus a number of rented private accommodation in Pesaro and Fano paid by the regional government.

Notable people


  • Majlinda Bregu, politician, minister of European Integration of Albania (2009–2013)
  • Duccia Camiciotti, poet and writer
  • Lorella Cedroni, political philosopher
  • Valeria Ciavatta, politician, captain regent of San Marino in 2003–2004 and in 2014
  • Ivo Mattozzi, historian
  • Alessia Morani, politician, MP since 2013
  • Alessandra Moretti, politician, MP (2013–2014) and MEP (2014–2015)
  • Giuseppe Novelli, biologist
  • Mario Pappagallo, journalist
  • Giovanna Trillini, foil fencer, multiple medalist at Olympics and World Championships

Faculty and staff

XIX century

  • Giovanni de ‘Brignoli of Brünnhoff , botanist , founder of the Orto Botanico “Pierina Scaramella”
  • Alessandro Serpieri, astronomer and seismologist

XX century

  • Carlo Bo, literary critic, senator for life (1984–2001), rector of the university (1947–2001)
  • Sabino Cassese, constitutional lawyer, minister of Public Administration (1993–1994), member of the Constitutional Court of Italy (2005–2014)
  • Umberto Piersanti, poet and sociologist of literature
  • Paolo Virno, philosopher and semiologist
  • Bruno Visentini, politician and business lawyer, minister of Finance (1974–1976 and 1983–1987), minister for Budget (1979) and several times MP

XXI century

  • Khaled Fouad Allam, sociologist and MP (2006–2008)
  • Stefano Arduini, linguist
  • Ilvo Diamanti, political scientist and sociologist
  • Alessandro Jacchia , television producer
  • Domenico Losurdo, political theorist and philosopher
  • Massimo Negrotti , AI sociologist
  • Mario Vella, philosopher and social theorist

Points of interest

  • Orto Botanico “Pierina Scaramella”, the university’s botanical garden.

See also

  • List of early modern universities in Europe
  • List of Italian universities
  • Urbino
  • Urbino European Law Seminar


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  4. Jump up^ Of which 9,134 students in Laurea programmes and 2,512 in Laura magistrale a ciclo unico (5-6-year single-cycle degree) programmes.
  5. Jump up^ “World University Rankings 2016-2017”. Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  6. Jump up^ “Best universities in Europe 2017”. The Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.