Coordinates: 41°54′12″N 12°30′57″E / 41.90333°N 12.51583°E
The Sapienza University of Rome, officially Sapienza – Università di Roma, also called simply Sapienza formerly known as Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", is a coeducational, autonomous state university in Rome, Italy. It is the largest Italian university by enrollment and the oldest of Rome's four state-funded universities. In Italian, sapienza means "wisdom" or "knowledge".
In 2010 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 190th overall in the world.
Former logo of the University of Rome
Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 with the Papal bull In supremae praeminentia dignitatis issued on 20 April 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, as a Studium for ecclesiastical studies more under his control than the universities of Bologna and Padua.
In 1431 Pope Eugene IV completely reorganized the studium with the bull In supremae, in which he granted masters and students alike the broadest possible privileges and decreed that the university should include the four schools of Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Theology. He introduced a new tax on wine in order to raise funds for the university; the money was used to buy a palace which later housed the Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza church.
However, the University's days of splendour came to an end during the sack of Rome in 1527, when the studium was closed and the professors dispersed; some were killed. Pope Paul III restored the university shortly after his ascension to the pontificate in 1534.
In the 1650s the university became known as Sapienza, meaning wisdom, a title it retains. In 1703, Pope Clement XI purchased some land with his private funds on the Janiculum, where he made a botanical garden, which soon became the most celebrated in Europe through the labours of the Trionfetti brothers.
University students were newly animated during the 19th-century Italian revival. In 1870, La Sapienza stopped being the papal university and became the university of the capital of Italy. In 1935 the new university campus, planned by Marcello Piacentini, was completed.
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Sapienza University has many campuses in Rome but its main campus is the Città Universitaria (University city), which covers 439,000 m2 (4,730,000 sq ft) near Termini Station. The university has some satellite campuses outside Rome, the main of which is in Latina.
In 2011 a project was launched to build a campus with residence halls near Pietralata station, in collaboration with the Lazio region. In order to cope with the ever-increasing number of applicants, the Rector has also approved a new plan to expand the Città Universitaria, reallocate offices and enlarge faculties, as well as create new campuses for hosting local and foreign students.
The Alessandrina University Library (Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina), built in 1667 by Pope Alexander VII, is the main library housing 1.5 million volumes; it has some important collections including collezione ciceroniana, Fondo Festa, etc.
Points of interest
Since the 2011 reform, Sapienza University of Rome has eleven faculties and 65 departments. Today Sapienza, with 140,000 students and 8,000 among academic and technical and administrative staff, is the largest university in Italy.
The university has significant research programmes in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, biomedical sciences and humanities.
In order to cope with the large demand for admission to the university courses, some faculties hold a series of entrance examinations. The entrance test often decides which candidates will have access to the undergraduate course. For some faculties, the entrance test is only a means through which the administration acknowledges the students' level of preparation. Students that do not pass the test can still enroll in their chosen degree courses but have to pass an additional exam during their first year.
In 1990, Pope John Paul II faced small protests in his only visit to La Sapienza.
On January 15, 2008 the Vatican cancelled a planned visit to La Sapienza University by Pope Benedict XVI who was to speak at the university ceremony launching the 2008 academic year due to protests by some students and professors. The title of speech should have been 'The Truth Makes Us Good and Goodness is Truth'. Some students and professors protested in reaction to a 1990 speech that Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) gave in which he, in their opinion, endorsed the actions of the church against Galileo in 1633.
Other controversies include the murder of Professor Ezio Tarantelli in 1985, the murder of Marta Russo in 1997, the "Law School scandal" in 2003, the "Parentopoli scandal" in 2010 and the award given to Muammar Gaddafi on June 10, 2009 (Medaglia d'Oro dell'Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"). This award is an institutional gift given by Sapienza to foreign authorities visiting the University. During his visit, Gaddafi participated in a meeting with Sapienza's students, where he was asked about a number of controversial aspects regarding Libya's political choices, such as human rights of migrants, gender equality and free elections.
|Emilio Gino Segrè||1905||1989||Physics||Physicist,colleague and close friend of Ettore Majorana. He's Doctoral advisor was Enrico Fermi. He helped discover Antiproton, Astatine, sub-atomic antiparticle. He discovered Technetium.||Nobel Prize in Physics (1959)|
|Enrico Fermi||1901||1954||Physics Professor||Physicist,colleague and close friend of Ettore Majorana. He was Doctoral advisor of Emilio Gino Segrè. He descovered: new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation,Controlled nuclear chain reaction. He's also known for the Fermi–Dirac statistics and The Theory of beta decay||Nobel Prize in Physics (1938)|
|Daniel Bovet||1907||1992||Psychobiology Professor||Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1957)for his discovery of drugs that block the actions of specific neurotransmitters. He is best known for his discovery in 1937 of antihistamines, which block the neurotransmitter histamine and are used in allergy medication||Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1957)|
|Attilio Celant||1942||Economics||Dean of the Faculty of Economics of "Sapienza" University of Rome (2002-2011).|
|Pietro Belluschi||1899||1994||Civil Engineering||Leader of the Modern Movement in architecture. Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning(1951-1965). Collaborator and Design Consultant for Pan Am Building.||AIA Gold Medal (1972)|
|Ennio de Giorgi||1922||1996||Maths||He was an Italian mathematician,who worked on partial differential equations. He solved Bernstein's problem about minimal surfaces. He solved 19th Hilbert problem on the regularity of solutions of Elliptic partial differential equation.||Caccioppoli Prize (1960), Wolf Prize(1990)|
|Romaldo Giurgola||1920||Literature and Arts||ex Professor at Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia, before becoming chair of the Columbia architectural department in 1966. He is presently Ware Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Columbia.||AIA Gold Medal(1982)|
|Bernardo Bertolucci||1940||Modern Literature||Italian film director and screenwriter, whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers||2 Nastro d'Argento Best Director, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, David di Donatello for Best Director, David di Donatello for Best Script, Golden Lion for his career at the Venice Film Festival,Honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival|
|Scott O'Dell||1898||1989||American children's author who wrote Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal and the 1963 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as well as the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, of The King's Fifth (1966), Black Star, Bright Dawn (1988), The Black Pearl (1967), and Sing Down the Moon (1970); which were all also Newbery Honor||Newbery Medal (1961), Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis,several Newbery Honor awards|
|Gabriele d'Annunzio||1863||1938||poet, journalist, playwright, soldier, politician. He was part of the literary movement called the Decadent movement.|
|Vito Volterra||1860||1940||Mathematical Physics Professor||Italian mathematician and physicist, known for Theory of integral equations and the Lotka–Volterra equations|
|Maria Montessori||1870||1952||Natural sciences||Founder of the Montessori method of education|
|Charles Ponzi||1882||1949||Known for the fraudulent business scheme named after him,the Ponzi scheme|
|Nicola Cabibbo||1935||2010||Physics||Ex President of Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics and of Pontifical Academy of Sciences|
|Mario Draghi||1947||Economics||President of the European Central Bank. Governor for Italy on the Boards of Governors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Development Bank. Ex governor of the Bank of Italy. Ex Italian Executive Director at the World Bank. Ex director general of the Italian Treasury. Ex vice chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International|
|Umberto Guidoni||1954||Astrophysics||European Space Agency and Italian Space Agency astronaut(ESA/ASI) and a veteran of two NASA space shuttle mission|
|Maurizio Cheli||1959||Geophysics||European Space Agency and Italian Space Agency astronaut(ESA/ASI) and a veteran of one NASA space shuttle mission|
|Abdirashid Ali Shermarke||1919||1969||Political Science||2nd President of Somalia|
|Luca Cordero di Montezemolo||1947||Italian businessman and Chairman of Ferrari, president of Confindustria,president of Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori(NTV). He was also Chairman of Fiat S.p.A from 2004 to 2010.|
|Gaetano Fichera||1951||Literature and Arts||He was an Italian mathematician, working in mathematical analysis, linear elasticity, partial differential equations and several complex variables. Member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL and of the Russian Academy of Science.|
|Ignazio Visco||1949||Economics||Governor of the Banca d'Italia(Bank of Italy)|
|Carlo Fea||1753||1836||Law||Italian archaeologist|
|Massimiliano Fuksas||1944||Architecture||Italian architect|
|Mario Catania||1952||Literature and Arts||Ex Head of Department of European and International Policies at the Agriculture Ministry. Italian Minister of Agriculture|
|Paolo Leon||1935||Economics||prominent Italian Post Keynesian economist|
|Sergio Balanzino||1934||Law||Deputy Secretary General of NATO. Two times NATO General Secretary|
|Franco Frattini||1957||Law||Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Antonio Tajani||1953||Law||European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship|
|Leopoldo Elia||1925||2008||Law||Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Crescenzio Sepe||1943||Philosophy||Cardinal-Archbishop of Naples|
|Giorgio Gaja||1939||Law||He was elected in 2011 as a judge of the International Court of Justice|
|Carlo Verdone||1950||Modern Literature||Actor, Director, Scriptwriter|
|Andrea Stramaccioni||1976||Law||ex footballer who is the current head coach of Internazionale Milano.|
Faculty and staff
Among the prominent scholars who have taught at the Sapienza University of Rome are architects Ernesto Basile and Bruno Zevi; chemist Emanuele Paternò; jurists Antonio Salandra, Sabino Cassese and Giuliano Amato; mathematician Vito Volterra; pharmacologist and Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Daniel Bovet; philosophers Luigi Ferri and Augusto Del Noce; physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics Enrico Fermi; political scientist Roberto Forges Davanzati
- Carlo Costamagna
- Cardinal Mazarin
- Mario Oriani-Ambrosini
- Corrado Gini, statistician
- Lucio Bini and Ugo Cerletti, psychiatrists
- Corrado Böhm, computer scientist
- Benedetto Castelli, mathematician
- Andrea Cesalpino, physician and botanist
- Federigo Enriques, mathematician
- Maria Montessori, physician and paedagogist
- Paola S. Timiras, biologist
- Barnaba Tortolini, mathematician
- Edoardo Amaldi
- Oscar D'Agostino
- Ettore Majorana
- Bruno Pontecorvo
- Franco Rasetti
- Giovanni Battista Beccaria
- Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
- Luciano Maiani
- Domenico Pacini
- Antonio Signorini
- Nicola Cabibbo, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
- Cesare Borgia, Cardinal of the 15th century
- Piero Boitani, literary critic, writer and academic
- Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, jurisconsult
- Silvia Berti, historian
- Lazarus Buonamici, renaissance humanist
- Umberto Cassuto, Hebrew language and Bible scholar
- Marcel Danesi, language scientist
- Carlo Innocenzio Maria Frugoni, poet
- Count Angelo de Gubernatis, orientalist
- Predrag Matvejevic, writer and academic
- Santo Mazzarino, leading historian of ancient Rome and ancient Greece
- Giuseppe Tucci, orientalist
- Mario Liverani, orientalist
- Paolo Matthiae, director of the archeological expedition of Ebla
- Antonio Nibby, archaeologist
- Diego Laynez, second general of the Society of Jesus;
- Giulio Mazzarino, politician and cardinal
- Giulio Salvadori, literary critic and poet
- Giuseppe Scaraffia, literary critic
- Ugo Spirito, philosopher
- Giuseppe Ungaretti, poet
- Bernardino Varisco, philosopher
- Musine Kokalari, Albanian writer