University of Padua

university in Italy

The University of Padua (Italian Università degli Studi di Padova, UNIPD) is in Padua, Italy. It was created in 1222. It is one of the oldest European universities and the second oldest in Italy. As of 2003, the university had about 65,000 students.[source?]

University of Padua
Università degli Studi di Padova
Latin: Universitas Studii Paduani
MottoUniversa Universis Patavina Libertas (Latin)
Motto in English
Liberty of Padua, universally and for all
RectorProf. Giuseppe Zaccaria[1]
Location, ,
Sports teamsCUS Padova (
AffiliationsCoimbra Group, TIME network



The university is usually said to have been founded in 1222 when a big group of students and professors left the University of Bologna. They did this to look for more academic freedom ('Libertas scholastica'). The first subjects to be taught were law and theology. The curriculum got bigger quickly, and by 1399 the institution had divided in two: a Universitas Iuristarum for civil law and Canon law, and a Universitas Artistarum which taught astronomy, dialectic, philosophy, grammar, medicine, and rhetoric.



  1. "Università degli Studi di Padova - Rettore Prof. Giuseppe Zaccaria". (in Italian). Università degli Studi di Padova. Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

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