University of Trento

The University of Trento (Italian: Università degli Studi di Trento, German: Universität Trient) is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations[1] according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.[2] The didactic and scientific activities are concentrated around three main "areas": the city area, with the Departments of Economics and Management, Sociology an Social research, Humanities, the Faculty of Law and the School of International Studies; the hill area, with the Departments of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Information Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology; the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science and CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences in Rovereto.

University of Trento
Università degli Studi di Trento
Latin: Athesina Studiorum Universitas
Former names
Istituto Universitario Superiore di Scienze Sociali
TypePublic university
PresidentInnocenzo Cipolletta
RectorPaolo Collini
Academic staff
Students16.548 (2015)
Location, ,
46.069426°N 11.121117°E / 46.069426; 11.121117
AffiliationsEUA, T.I.M.E.
CUS webpage


The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as a Higher University Institute for Social Sciences.[3] It then became the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy. The impact on the city was quite contradictory: the University was seen both as a motivating force for cultural openness and the creation of a new leading class, but also as a fracturing element of protest.[4]

In order to expand the educational opportunities of the University of Trento, in 1972 the Faculty of Science was founded and in 1973 so was the Faculty of Economics. The academic project was expanded in 1984 with the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Law and in 1985 with the Faculty of Engineering. In 2004 the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences was founded.

Departments and Centres



  • CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology
  • CIMEC - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences
  • SSI - School of international studies

Doctoral Schools

  • Biomolecular Sciences
  • Cognitive and Brain Sciences
  • Comparative and European legal studies
  • Economics and Management (within the School in Social Sciences)
  • Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
  • Environmental engineering
  • Humanities
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • International Studies
  • Local Development and Global Dynamics (within the School in Social Sciences)
  • Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychological Sciences and Education
  • Sociology and Social Research (within the School in Social Sciences)


Special importance has been given to the International dimension of the University ever since its first years. The University has focused on the development of strategic international alliances

in the view of complementarity.

The University has partnerships with prestigious universities and research centers all over the world and is part of important cooperation networks (for instance Consorzio Time,[5] Asea-Uninet GE4).[6]

Aside from the LLP-Erasmus project, since 1997 the University has also supported double degree agreements. The most recent one is the double degree in Civil Engineering with the University of Tongi China (May 2008): students can achieve a Master in Civil Engineering and the two year Master course in Civil Engineering in Trento. The University is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme and the Erasmus Mundus External cooperation window (now called action 2 of Erasmus Mundus II).

The University has a number of bilateral agreements with universities in Asia, America, the Middle East and Oceania.[7] There is collaboration for development co-operation with African and Latin American universities. Foreign Tenured scholars and Visiting professors are 10% of the total number of professors. Collaboration with Germany brought Trento to the Italian seat of the Italian-German University, an institution that deals with coordination for advanced training and research between Italian and German universities.[8]

Reputation and rankings

In 2012, the University of Trento celebrated its first 50 years: a tradition that brings it to be acknowledged as one of the leading universities in Italy, as indicated by several national rankings: the quality of the University of Trento was confirmed by the first national evaluation carried out by MIUR (The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) and published in the summer of 2009. The University of Trento, according to the ministerial criteria, proved to have reached the best national standards for the quality of its research and teaching. With this result the University earned the title of “the most virtuous university in Italy”.

The 2013 Report by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University system) UniTrento ranks first in the category of scientific production of medium universities.

In the yearly CENSIS results, made in junction with the Grande Guida, and published by La Repubblica, the University of Trento is always in the very first positions. In the last edition (2015-2016) it is confirmed the second place in the mid-size universities (between 10 and 20 thousand students), an improvement of the score from 97,8 to 99,8.

By the last Sole 24 Ore ranking of the best Italian State Universities, the University of Trento is the second.

In the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Trento placed #198 in the world.

In the Best University Under 50 Years Old by Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University of Trento was ranked #37 in the world.

The Department of Computer Science of Trento U was ranked top 50 in Europe through Microsoft Academic Ranking, and was placed #92 in the world by Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020.

University of Trento and Microsoft Research open in Trento "The Centre for Computational and Systems Biology" (COSBI). The University of Trento has been increasing the number of courses available in English in parallel with its increased internationalization.


In collaboration with the Opera Universitaria, Trento University offers 1500 accommodations in the San Bartolameo Campus, in student residences or flats that have special agreements with the University. The University has a central library composed of different buildings (in each Faculty) where students can consult books or borrow them, study or use the internet, with long opening hours (even until midnight), open Saturday and Sunday. With the Welcome Office, the University supports International students and researchers in the administrative procedures connected with their arrival and stay in Trento (entry visa, residence permit, health insurance, accommodation, National insurance number, etc.) and gives information as regards the modalities and documentation needed to enroll. Thanks to the Opera Universitaria, the University is able to offer students grants. Starting from academic year 2008/2009, the University radically changed its university fees system, emphasizing merit and students' efforts. Those who enroll have the chance to apply for grants up to €4000. The latest project born at the University of Trento is,

the new university network for sports services and facilities dedicated to the students of Trento University.

Collegio di Merito Bernardo Clesio

The University of Trento, in collaboration with Opera Universitaria and the Bank of Trento and Rovereto, opened the "collegio" in October 2010. Every year a few highly selected undergraduate and postgraduate students are admitted to the excellence facility. The admission process consists firstly in an evaluation of the curriculum of the student, then in a written test and, eventually, in a personal interview. Once admitted, the students have to:

  • get at least 52 CFU (equivalent to ECTS credits) per year;
  • maintain a high average of their exams' marks;
  • participate actively to the cultural program proposed year by year by the "collegio".

Throughout the bachelor or master period, it is furthermore required to spend at least a three-months' period abroad (taking part to an Erasmus+ project or a Bilateral Agreement for instance). [9]

University Library System

The library was created in 1962 initially as a facility to support the teaching and research activities of the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Sociali (Advanced institute of social sciences) which turned into the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy, in 1972. The system then developed following the evolution of the University, in particular in 1972, with the creation of the Faculty of Sciences, in 1973, with the opening of Economics and in 1984 and 1985 with creation respectively of the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Engineering. The library has been a member of the Bibliographic Catalogue of Trentino since 1984 thus making it possible to search its contents online. Later on the Library was included in the Trentino Library System and it became a highly specialized bibliographic and cultural centre, which is accessible not only for students and teachers of the University, but also for all citizens.


The University Library System aims at:

  • acquiring, cataloguing, accessing, updating and storing the bibliographic heritage of the University of Trento
  • the development library, documentary and ITC services to support teaching and research activities
  • the continuous widening of technologically advanced systems to access and use the bibliographic information online
  • the subscription and participation in the regional, national and international coordination bodies, with other universities, library systems, research institutes, consortia and institutes

Contents (last update 1 January 2013)

  • No. of dissertations 1.944
  • No. of volumes 448.808
  • No. of magazines 2.718
  • No. of paper on-going and interrupted magazines 12.078
  • No. of on-going e-magazines 8.496
  • No. of on-going and interrupted e-magazines 10.947
  • No. of databases 130
  • No. of e-books 3.589

The collections of sociology, ancient law books and Slave studies are particularly important.


  • Paolo Collini, rector since 2015
  • 1962 – 1968 Mario Volpato
  • 1968 – 1970 Francesco Alberoni
  • 1970 – Norberto Bobbio
  • 1970 – 1972 Guido Baglioni
  • 1972 – 1978 Paolo Prodi
  • 1977 – 1978 Ezio Clementel
  • 1978 – 1990 Fabio Ferrari
  • 1990 – 1996 Fulvio Zuelli
  • 1996 – 2004 Massimo Egidi
  • 2004 – 2013 Davide Bassi
  • 2013– 2014 Daria de Pretis
  • 2015 - today Paolo Collini

Honorary professors

Honorary degrees

Awarded toDegreeAwarded on
John ColeAnthropology14.10.2002
Reinhard ElzeLaw08.03.1995
Rudolf B. SchlesingerLaw08.03.1995
Monsignor Iginio RoggerLaw12.04.2006
Rory ByrneMaterials Engineering05.05.2005
Andrea ZanzottoArts and Humanities21.11.1995
Paul Charles Cristophe ClavalArts and Humanities08.03.1995
Giulio EinaudiArts and Humanities11.12.1997
Jean RoussetForeign languages and Literature21.11.1995
Carlo Alberto MastrelliForeign languages and Literature11.12.1997
Isabel AllendeModern European-American Languages and Literature15.05.2007
Daniel KahnemannPsychology and Mathematics14.10.2002
Ermanno GorrieriSociology08.03.1999
Tina AnselmiSociology30.03.2004
Maurizio CattelanSociology30.03.2004
Sergio Marchionne Mechatronics Engineering 02.10.2017

See also


  1. "Censis general ranking". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  2. "Università, più fondi alle migliori Tagli per 27 atenei "sotto gli standard"". Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  3. University of Trento Archived 2011-01-25 at the Wayback Machine. Topuniversities. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  4. Breve Storia dell’Università a Trento Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine by Paolo Rauzi,; accessed 30 March 2014.
  5. T.I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  6.; retrieved 23 January 2011.
  7. Accordi Bilaterali,; retrieved 23 February 2011.
  8. Information in English Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine,; retrieved 23 February 2011.
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