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 4,100 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 university 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 four competence 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 2020, for the fourth 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 2020Times Higher Education World University Rankings unibz ranked in the band of 401— 500 this year out of almost 1,400 institutions worldwide. Our strongest pillars were "Citations" (with a score of 77,9 among the top 260) and "International outlook" (with a score of 76,4 among the top 250). In Italy we are on the 12th position out of 43 universities ranked. In the 2019 World’s Best Small Universities Ranking unibz is ranked among the best 20 small universities worldwide.
In 2020 unibz for the first time has entered the QS World University Rankings 2021 at rank position 601-650 among 5000 universities surveyed. It ranks at position 131 in the metrics for “International Faculty”.
In this years' edition unibz achieved 11 top scores in indicators like top cited publications, interdisciplinary publications, international joint publications and post-doc positions.
In 2021, for the fifth time in a row, we placed first among the small non-state universities, reaching also the highest average score among all Italian universities, state and non-state ones: 101.0 points.
In the 2021 Education Around ranking, unibz was ranked as 3rd best university in Italy. The bachelor programmes in economics, management, and engineering occupied the first position in their fields, while the Bachelor in Design and Art scored second in Italy.
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 2017-2019 between unibz and the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano. 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.