The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano was founded in 1997. Our university has a strong international outlook, as testified by its multilingual courses (German, Italian, English and Ladin) and the high number of students and teaching staff from abroad.
The university has five faculties, and a high percentage of lecturers (35%) and students (17%) come from abroad and they study, teach and do research in the fields of Economics, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Education and Design. We have 3,600 students registered to more than 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.
The taught modules on offer and our research projects are linked to international and inter-regional networks. For example, within the Euregio project, we are partnered with the universities of Innsbruck and Trento, and we are committed to reaching top quality standards.
Our teaching and research programmes revolve around five faculties and two research centres:
What makes unibz stand out among all universities, in Italy and in Europe, is the multilingualism of its courses and research. The three official languages - Italian, German and English - are used during classes, meetings, conferences and in all events. Thus, the university offers an ideal environment not only to acquire specific knowledge in the disciplines at the basis of each one's degree course, but also to master the communication skills required by employment and by an increasingly globalised society.
In national rankings, our university reaches top positions every year. In 2016, for the third consecutive year, the Italian research centre for social studies Censis has ranked our university as number one among smaller private universities (less than 5,000 students). We rank high in international rankings too, especially under the categories 'internationalisation', 'student satisfaction' and 'practice-oriented'.
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings unibz ranked in the band of 251—300 this year out of 980 institutions worldwide. Our strongest pillars were "Citations" (96.1) and "International outlook" (79.9). In Italy we are on the 6th position out of 39 universities ranked. In the 2017 World’s Best Small Universities Ranking is ranked among the best 10 small universities worldwide.
We have been taking part in this international ranking for two years with our Faculty of Economics, Computer Science as well as Science and Technology and with our study programmes in the social sciences (Bachelors in Social Work and Social Education and Master in Innovation and Research for Social Work and Social Education). We got our best results in the categories 'Internationalisation of students and academic staff' and 'Joint international publications'.
In 2016, not only did we get the top placement in the ranking for small private universities, we also got the highest score: 102. Our bachelor degree courses in the fields of Economics and Statistics (among private universities) have also scored high: 109,5 points and number one. Our bachelor degree courses in Education Studies also got a first position.
We also got very good results (among private universities) for our research: 2nd position in the field of Law and 2nd also for Industrial Engineering and Information.
In the latest ranking published by the Italian economic-financial newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE, we ranked 4th among the 15 Italian private universities. We got the 1st place for student employment rates and student scholarships, the 4th for work placements and the 3rd for research (data compiled by ANVUR, the Italian institution that assesses universities).
unibz adheres to European quality standards in all its activities: teaching, research and administration. These are supported and enforced by ANVUR, the national agency that assesses how the Italian university system works and the quality of its research.
For this reason, the Presidio di qualità (our quality assessment body), established by the Board of Directors, monitors our activities to make sure that the expected quality standards in the above mentioned aspects are met. This means that the members of our university community, during their activities, always have to bear in mind the quality goals we want to achieve.
unibz is a public institution,but not a state university. In addition to its own financial means to fund teaching and research, the university receives its largest share of funding from the Provincia Autonoma of Bozen-Bolzano, the local metropolitan administrative body. The basis of its strategic development is described in the strategic and financial plan and in the three-year plan for 2014-2016. As a higher education institution governed by public law, unibz has its own performance plan that defines its goals in administration practice.
As far as the quality standards for our degree courses and procedures to select our teaching staff are concerned, unibz adheres to the guidelines set by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). However, with our university being a private institution, we can also hire up to 70% of our lecturers from abroad without a public call.