The University of Siena (Italian: Università degli Studi di Siena, abbreviation: UNISI) in Siena, Tuscany, is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Italy. Originally called Studium Senese, the institution was founded in 1240. It had around 20,000 students in 2006, nearly half of Siena’s total population of around 54,000. Today, the University of Siena is best known for its Schools of Law, Medicine, and Economics and Management.
The School of Humanities and Philosophy On December 26, 1240, Ildebrandino Cacciaconti, the then podestà of Siena, signed a decree imposing a tax on citizens of Siena who rented rooms to students of the local “Studium Senese”. The money from this tax went to pay for the salaries of the maestri (teachers) of this new studium. The studium was further supported when, in 1252, Pope Innocent IV declared both its teachers and students completely immune from taxes and forced labour levied on their person or property by the city of Siena. Moreover, the commune exempted teachers of law and Latin from military service and teachers of Latin were also excused from their duties as night watchmen. By the early 14th century, there were five teachers of Latin, logic and law and two doctors of natural sciences (medicine).
One of the most notable maestri of the School of Medicine was Pietro Ispano (Pope John XXI). Ispano was an illustrious philosopher, personal doctor to Emperor Frederick II, and in 1276 became Pope John XXI.
In 1321, the studium was able to attract a larger number or pupils due to a mass exodus from the prestigious University of Bologna when one of its students was sentenced to death by Bologna’s magistrates for supposedly kidnapping a young woman. Partly at the instigation of their law lecturer Guglielmo Tolomei, the student body there unleashed a great protest at the Bolognese authority and Siena, supported by generous funding from the local commune, was able to accommodate the students resigning from the Studium Bolognese.
The Italian University System is organised in three cycles defined academic qualifications are associated with each cycle which allow students to progress with their studies, to participate in public recruitment competitions and to enter the workplace and careers in the professions.At Siena University you’ll find 31 first degree courses, (bachelor’s) – two in English language – providing undergraduate students with adequate knowledge of general scientific principles and mastery of methods as well as specific professional skills; 38 second degree courses (master’s) – fourteen in English language – providing graduate students with advanced education and training.
Universities represent the ideal environment for basic research and one in which it has healthy relationship with applied research.
At the University of Siena scientific research is carried out within the University’s departments, which are organized into one or more research sectors according to their aims or methods. Within each sector, research activities are launched and coordinated and proposals are defined for the establishment and organization of doctoral research programmes.
The consultancy and research activities carried out at the University for third parties are also usually performed within the departments.
The Placement Office – Career Service establishes and manages relations with businesses locally, nationally and internationally to help introduce students and new graduates to the world of work. It sets up work experience placements, offers career advice and orientation.
The PO-CS supports companies in defining and using the most appropriate tools to get in touch with students and graduates of the University of Siena corporate presentations, seminars and career days; publication of jobs and internships for students and graduates.
The Liaison Office was set up to help disseminate the results of research performed within the University’s departments; support the competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses.
University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Italy and also one of the most prestigious ones
It keeps the 1st position among Italian medium sized universities according to Censis Research Institute classification 2015
Puts international students in contact with local businesses and national ones