General description of the institution
The University of Parma is a State University. As such, it is self-governing and has administrative, organisational, and accountancy autonomy, while providing tailored services for students. Its centuries-old history dates back to 13th March 962, when Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the University in the 'Diploma': this document, which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders ('eligere et ordinare notarios'), was the foundation for an educational institution that would last centuries later, and is still preserved in the Bishop's Archives in Parma today.
The University holds 18 Departments, 36 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 38 Second Cycle Degree Courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhD Research Projects.
The ideal size of the University (30,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 2,000 faculty and staff members), together with the quality of life in Parma has always attracted a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of our registered students come from outside of Parma and its Province: for this reason the University deserves top ranking for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.
The different locations of the University allow students to study in comfortable, efficient structures even near green areas, such as the Campus: a 77-hectare area in the south of the city hosting scientific departments, modern and well-equipped lecture halls, comfortable study areas, technologically advanced laboratories, and a CNR centre - as well as several sports facilities, a conference centre, and a canteen.
In the heart of the city, the University's central building houses the rector's office, administrative offices and Law. The Medical school is also in the city, located in the Hospital, while Economics and the Political Sciences are next to the Parco Ducale. The Arts and Philosophy and Psychology have their campuses in the old city centre, and Veterinary Medicine is located in the immediate north-western outskirts of the city.
The services and facilities of the University of Parma attract an ever-growing number of students. There are information offices and career counselling services to help students with their university-related choices, a strong international network for teaching activities and research, and a lively exchange of students thanks to community programmes and scholarships. Libraries, computer laboratories and Internet access points, student residences and canteens, part-time jobs, cultural activities, a toll-free number and post-graduation career counseling are all available to students - along with interviews and specific courses to help our graduates to find jobs.
Many facilities are available to students to enhance the quality of their studies and university life. Some of these are the free e-mail and tailor-made services for disabled students, language courses at the Foreign Language Centre, and many sports activities run by the University of Parma CUS, which offers courses in a number of disciplines in a wide range of structures - a swimming pool, athletics tracks, tennis courts, football pitches, a golf yard, basketball courts, rugby pitches, etc.
The University of Parma website is constantly updated and has a high number of visitors (more than 50,000 accesses per day); it offers students regularly updated information and the ideal interface for communicating with the University. Students can also sign up for exams via the Internet, download administrative forms, or access a personal e-mail provided by the University, thus representing a fast and accurate channel of communication.
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