University of Turin • Turin, Italy
University of Turin, or UniTo for short, is among the oldest universities in Europe and the world. Parts of the institution can be found in various locations around Turin and indeed the wider Italian region of Piedmont in the north west of the country. This prestigious university currently has a student body of more than 70,000, at both under- and postgraduate levels. Thousands of students come to UniTo from outside of Italy, too.
Founded in the year 1404 thanks to a papal bull from Pope Benedict XIII, it is no surprise that the university has undergone dramatic changes and expansion since it opened its doors.
Students at UniTo today can choose to study from many subject areas. The university is divided into departments which are organised under the following schools: School of Medicine, School of Human Sciences, School of Management and Economics, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (SAMEV), School of Law, Politics and Social-Economic Sciences, and School of Science of Nature. The only subjects UniTo students do not have a chance to study at the university are Architecture and Engineering. A number of courses at the institution are considered among the best in Italy; particularly some of the medical courses. Moreover, UniTo runs some programmes that cannot be studied anywhere else in the country, such as its Military Strategy course.
The university has for a long time successfully conducted much research in areas such as philosophy, economics, and medicine, and is now embarking on research concerning more modern subjects like food science and performing arts.
Across the university’s different campuses are 70 libraries, as well as several museums – some of which are well-known even outside of the UniTo community, for example Luigi Rolando – Human Anatomy Museum.
Finally, the university also has some impressive alumni, including former Italian president Giuseppe Saragat and no less than 3 winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine.