The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano was founded on 31 October 1997 as a multilingual, internationally oriented institution. It is a non-state funded university, granted the authority to award university degrees by the state in accordance with law no. 245 of 7 August 1990, section 6, paragraph 1.
The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano promotes the free exchange of ideas and scientific knowledge, linking itself to the European humanities tradition and laying the foundations for its society by promoting respect for democratic principles.
The highest ruling body is the University Council, which plans the institution’s main strategic developments and institutes guidelines for their implementation.
The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano’s statute establishes that the University is directed by the Rector for academic matters and the President for administrative matters. They both have the responsibility to guarantee a dynamic and innovative development that reaches the qualitative objectives set for the institution.
The mission of our University is based on the following principles:
The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano prizes lifelong learning, where learning is valued for its own sake as well as for the social, cultural and personal benefits it brings.
The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano contributes to society by combining research and its practical application, and it respects the principles of sustainable cultural, social and environmental development.
The University is also committed to promoting freedom of thought, feelings and lifestyles.
It regards itself as a communication platform between the local area and Europe, and aims to manage and interpret the signals it receives to provide a clearer outlook for the future.
Tolerance and mutual trust are the basic values that the University seeks to foster in relationships between students, academic staff and administrative staff.