The University of Parma is a State University. As such, it is self-governing and has administrative, organisational, and accountancy autonomy, while providing tailored services for students. Its centuries-old history dates back to 13th March 962, when Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the University in the ‘Diploma’: this document, which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders (‘eligere et ordinare notarios’), was the foundation for an educational institution that would last centuries later, and is still preserved in the Bishop’s Archives in Parma today.
The University holds 9 Departments, 40 First Cycle Degree Courses, 6 Single Cycle Degree Courses, 46 Second Cycle Degree Courses (7 of which entirely held in English), as well as many Postgraduate schools, Teacher Training courses, several Master Programmes and PhDs.
The ideal size of the University (27,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 1,700 faculty and staff members), together with the quality of life in Parma has always attracted a large number of students from all over Italy. More than two-thirds of university’s registered students come from outside of Parma and its Province: for this reason the University deserves top ranking for attracting the most non-resident students nationwide.
The services and facilities of the University of Parma attract an ever-growing number of students. There are information points and career counselling services to help students with their university-related choices, a strong international network for teaching activities and research, and a lively exchange of students thanks to community programmes and scholarships. Libraries, computer laboratories and Internet access points, student residences and canteens, part-time jobs, cultural activities, a toll-free number and post-graduation career counseling are all available to students – along with interviews and specific courses to help university’s graduates to find the perfect job.
Many facilities are available to students to enhance the quality of their studies and university life. Some of these are the free e-mail and tailor-made services for disabled students, language courses at the Foreign Language Centre, and many sports activities run by the University of Parma CUS, which offers courses in a number of disciplines in a wide range of structures – a swimming pool, athletics tracks, tennis courts, football pitches, a golf course, basketball courts, rugby pitches, etc.
The University of Parma website is constantly updated and has a high number of visitors (about 180,000 visitors per month); it offers students regularly updated information and the ideal interface for communicating with the University. Students can also sign up for exams via the ESSE3 online platform, download administrative forms, or access a personal e-mail provided by the University, thus representing a fast and accurate channel of communication.
Source: University of Parma