University of Bologna

The University of Bologna (UNIBO) is a public university and the oldest continuously operating university in the Western world, making it on the list of oldest universities around the world. It is made up of 11 schools and was the first to use the term Universalitas for the groups of students and masters, which are used to define the institution, located in Bologna. UNIBO is historically famous for its teaching of canon and civil law and was central in the development of medieval Roman law. Until modern times, the only degree awarded at a university was a Doctorate, but Bachelor's and Master's degrees are now offered in any of the 11 schools that make up the university.

'Nourishing mother of studies' according to its Latin motto, the University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and has never ceased to exist, holding the title of the oldest university in the world. Until relatively modern times, the university taught only doctoral studies, but today it offers a wide variety of programs at all levels. Located in Bologna, Italy, the school has about 87,760 students, including 6,400 international students. Notable alumni include three popes, many businessmen, and several Italian politicians. There are 6,293 international students enrolled in the institution and it is one of the top universities participating in the Erasmus+ exchange program. It ranks 168th on The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

  • Location: Bologna, Italy
  • Established in: 1088
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