The University of Padova was established in 1222, after a group of students and teachers decided to come here from Bologna. They set up a free body of scholars, who were grouped according to their place of origin into nationes, in which students approved statutes, elected the rettore (rector, or chancellor) and chose their teachers, who were paid with money the students collected.
Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its Healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School), or Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Engineering degree programmes are available in the fields of Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Industrial and Information Engineering.
University of Padova degrees also reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Sciences), and consumers with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine).
The European Research Council (ERC) is an independent Scientific Council made up of scientists, engineers and scholars of the highest repute and expertise. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.
Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academia to the professional world.
Links have been established between the University and firms, private and public institutions and professional associations to create and promote internships as an opportunity to share information and experiences. “Vetrina degli Stages” helps students and new graduates to look for internships and training opportunities.
A list of the associated firms is available for subscribers, who can decide whether the job description corresponds to their job aims.
To develop co-ordinated library services, the University of Padova has set up a Library Centre, to oversee and promote the facilities and services offered by the several University of Padova libraries in the city. It also focuses on the development of advanced services, such as:
Padova, just like a growing number of other cities around the world, has opened up a series of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the most beautiful and publicly accessible parts of the city. Thanks to Padova Wi-Fi Net, anybody can have free internet access. You can navigate the web as if you were at home, and freely connect through your instant messaging.
People who do sports stay fit, and help their studies too: this is the main concern of the Padova University Sports Centre (CUS), the most extensive sports facility in the province, which offers many opportunities to take part in sports, competitive and amateur alike, at the two structures located in Via Giordano Bruno and Via Jacopo Corrado.
The Centre is open to students, to all employees of the University and, under certain conditions, to ordinary members of the public as well.
In addition to services for payment, there are "no pay" activities for which the Centre makes its facilities available free of charge to users during set time slots, typically the track and field arena, 5-aside football pitch etc.
The University of Padova Alumni Association, in concert with the University and inspired by the motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas, seeks to unite all UniPD graduates of whatever age, background, position and location within a community to which all may have freedom of access and equal consideration.
In this way, former students — Alumni — can continue to be inspired in their professional and private lives by the fundamental values of the University, becoming standard bearers wherever they may be.