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Sapienza University, which was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII in Rome, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a top performer in international university rankings.
The future of Sapienza is firmly rooted in its rich past and the academic and research excellence of its community. Sapienza’s mission is to catalyse the development of a knowledge society by promoting research, education and international cooperation.
The 115,000 students enrolled at Sapienza can choose from over 250 degree programmes (Bachelors, Masters and PhDs) and 200 specialisation courses, while the “Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati” runs honours programmes and free tuition for its best students.
Sapienza has 11 Faculties, 63 Departments and various research centres that drive high levels of excellence in archaeology, physics and astrophysics, as well as humanities and cultural heritage, environmental studies, nano technology, cellular and gene therapy, design and aerospace.
Moreover, students enjoy 59 libraries (two of which are open 24 hours/day), 20 museums, the Ciao/Hello Orientation Office, the SORT Faculty Orientation Offices and an Office for Disabled Students.
Throughout the course of the year, Sapienza organises a myriad of cultural, social and sporting activities to encourage students to enjoy life on campus. These include the Sapienza MuSa orchestras, choirs and ensembles; the Theatron - Ancient Theatre Group; Sapienza web radio and wide range of sports facilities.
Sapienza’s large student population includes over 30,000 students from outside of the Rome area, ca. 7000 foreign students and 3000 students on mobility programmes. Thanks to its extensive network of universities from around the world, Sapienza provides its students with a wide range of international opportunities, including double-title degrees, scholarships for writing theses abroad, apprenticeships and stages in European and non-European countries, and international doctorates.
Sapienza University is governed by a collegial Rectorate. The Rector works with a Senior Deputy Rector and a team of Deputy Rectors and Delegates responsible for specific areas. The Deputy Rectors, in turn, work with various committees and commissions in charge of assessment, strategic programming, quality and integration of activities and other specific areas.
Sapienza annually presents a social budget report that reviews all the activities and services that the university has organised and provided to its community. The Report includes a detailed overview of university structures, internal organisation and use of resources.
Moreover, the “Transparent Administration” Section on the Sapienza website provides all legal documents and information concerning its integrity and strategic programming.
The Sapienza brand includes its symbol, the Cherub, and the official university name - "Sapienza Università di Roma." The university motto is “Il futuro è passato qui,” which can be loosely translated in English as “the Future was here.”