University of Bologna


Almost 1000 years old, the University of Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and about 87.000 students; it is organized in a multi-campus structure with 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini), and, since 1998, also a permanent headquarters in Buenos Aires.

With regard to the international reputation, UNIBO has been awarded the use of the logo "HR Excellence in Research” and is among the top 5 Italian universities in the main International rankings, e.g., 1st Italian university (182nd position) in the international QS - World University Rankings of the world best universities since 2010, 4th Italian university (128th position) in the National Taiwan University Ranking, 2nd Italian University (99rd position) in the Ranking Web of World Universities. UNIBO is one of the most important institutions of higher education across EU and the second Italian University in access to EU funding.

UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in International and European research projects and successfully participated in FP7 with 268 funded projects. On the European side, Unibo is member of the major European Networks and stakeholders thematic groups, such as: the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA); the European Technology Platforms (ETP) SuSchem, WSSTP, BioFules; the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) Water challenges, FACCE, Oceans; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Spire; the KIC Climate and KIC RawMatters; the EIP Water Challenges.

At national level UNIBO is member of the SPRING National Cluster on Green Chemistry. In particular, referring to the FP7 Cooperation program - ENVIRONMENT theme projects, Unibo is the first Italian University and among the six top players in Italy having being involved in 13 successful proposals, coordinating 1 of these.

In the first two years of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 87 projects (21 as coordinator) for a total EU contribution of over 29 m€ of EU contribution. In the framework of the Societal Challenge V – Climate UNIBO is involved in seven projects with a total EU contribution of over 2M€.

The activities of the University of Bologna will be conducted within the Department of Architecture (DA), Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials engineering (DICAM), Department of Sociology and Business Law (SDE), Department of History and Cultures (DiSCi).