University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova)

University Information, Campus and History
(Genoa, Italy)

The University of Genoa is located in Genoa, Liguria, on the Italian Riviera in northern Italy. The main university campus is located in Via Balbi, 5, and it is an architectural monument designed by the famous architect Bartolomeo Bianco. It is currently the campus of the Faculty of Economics. The university's other regional campuses are Imperia, Savona, La Spezia, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Ventimiglia.

The university was officially founded in 1471, and it started as a College of Theology with a Papal Bull from Sixtus IV. Ten years after in 1481, the College of Medicine was established by the Council of Elders. In 1569, the colleges were incorporated to other schools run by Jesuits as decreed by the Senate of the Republic of Genoa. The Jesuits bought land near the old Church of San Girolama Del Rosso to enlarge their premises and put up the various colleges and schools. In 1773, the university began to offer courses in Canon Law, Philosophy, Civil Law, Theology, Logic and Metaphysics, Physics, Primary Education, Rhetoric, Reading, and Writing. After the establishment of the French Empire, the Italian government subdivided higher education into special schools: Law, Medicine, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Commerce, Language and Literature, and Chemistry. Since then, the university has expanded rapidly by adding schools and departments. In 1996, many of the departments were moved to the Savona campus, where the Department of Engineering is located.

Today the University of Genoa is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Italy. It presently has 11 faculties, about 1,580 administrative staff, 1,800 teaching and research staff, and over 40,000 students. It is lauded for its excellent engineering and economics courses and programmes.

The University of Genoa has 11 faculties:
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Education Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Language and Literatures
  • Law
  • Mathematics, Physics, and Natural Sciences
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Pharmacology
  • Political Science


The University of Genoa is host to many facilities including 53 research departments and a department that supplies general ICT services, a University Sports Centre, and an International Centre for Italian Studies.

The University of Genoa has some of the best research facilities and technologies in the country. It has 53 research departments including the Centre for Research on Cardiac and Vascular Biology, Centre for Research on Clinical Computerized Information, Centre for Research on Physiology and Physiopathology of Sensory-motor Integration in Man, Centre for Research on Canadian and Colombian Studies, Centre for Research on Euro-Atlantic Studies, Research Centre for City Planning and Ecological Engineering, Centre for Research on Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis, Centre for Research on Non-profit Organizations, and Centre for Research on Hansen Disease and Tropical Dermatology.

The University Sports Centre offers various sports activities and extensive sports facilities for track-and-field, bodybuilding, tennis, football, basketball, rugby, body golf, aerobics, taekwondo, pole vault, Latin American dance, hip-hop dance, hockey, sailing, and swimming.

The Centro Internazionale di Studi Italiani or the International Centre for Italian Studies offers free Italian language courses for non-Italian students who meet the requirements or have obtained a scholarship form the university.

Famous Students

Some of the notable graduates of the University of Genoa are Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut who obtained a university degree in Electronics Engineering specializing in telecommunications and a doctorate in physics specializing in Biophysics; Paolo Fresco, chairman of the board of Fiat, the biggest Italian car company, who obtained a law degree; and Sandro Pertini, the most popular president of the Italian Republic who obtained a law degree.

The University of Genoa is distributed all over the city and the region depending on the faculty and department. A complete listing of the organizations and contact informations can be found here: The Chancellor's office (Rettorato) is located at Via Balbi, 5 16126, Genova. There are two trunkline numbers to connect to all departments and is available from Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The numbers are (+39) 010 353 71 and (+39) 010 209 91.

Contact University of Genoa (Universita degli Studi di Genova):
Address: Office of the Chancellor (Rettorato), Via Balbi 5, Genoa, 16126, Italy
Genova, Italy
Tel: +39 010 209 91
Fax: +39 010 209 9227
Genoa University

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