Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna was the first and is the oldest continuously-operating university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Erasmus of Rotterdam, Nicolaus Copernicus, Paracelsus, Abrecht Dürer, Torquato Tasso, Carlo Goldoni, Giosué Carducci, Giovanni Pascoli, among many others, studied in Bologna. The University of Bologna admitted women teachers right from the 12th century. Among the most famous women teachers we may remember Laura Bassi: in 1732 she was given the chair in philosophy, and in 1776 the chair in experimental physics.
Today the University has about 85.000 students in its 11 schools and 33 Departments, making it the most popular university in Italy. The University has 5 campuses in Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires.
11.000 is the average number of research products, with 220 patents. The University hosts numerous PhD and professional master’s programmes, together with several specialisation schools among which many are international and taught in English.
Fondazione Alma Mater (FAM) was established in 1996 to support the University of Bologna in the implementation of its institutional purposes.
FAM is a non-profit organization, subject to public control, operating in the sole interest of the University of Bologna.
Its main activities are: