The University of Pisa, founded in 1343, is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe.
Those who have studied or taught there include Galileo Galilei, the founder of modern science, and the Nobel prize winners Enrico Fermi and Carlo Rubbia, as well as such famous personalities as the poets Giosuè Carducci (he too a Nobel prize winner) and Giovanni Pascoli; the physicist Antonio Pacinotti; the former President of the Republic of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi; the former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, the film directors Mario Monicelli, and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; the writer Antonio Tabucchi, the journalist Tiziano Terzani and the tenor Andrea Bocelli.
With more than fifty thousand students in a city of ninety thousand residents and an offer that includes all disciplinary sectors, the University of Pisa is an important public institution that admits more than ten thousand new students each year. It is a centre of excellence for research, for teaching and learning, and also for student services.
Studying at the University of Pisa means engaging in a complete educational experience, which gives the learner the necessary critical tools to reach his or her objectives, and first of all the professional competences necessary for a quick and satisfying entry into the labour market.