University of Udine
Via Palladio, 8 Palazzo Florio
33100 - Udine - Italy
Tel. +30 0432 556111
Fax. +39 0432 507715
Prof. Carlo Tasso
Dean of Faculty of Science
The University of Udine was founded in 1978 as part of the reconstruction plan of Friuli after the earthquake in 1976. Its aim was to provide the Friulian community with an independent centre for advanced training in cultural and scientific studies.
The University currently has 10 faculties in: Agriculture, Economics, Engineering, Law, Foreign Languages, Education, Humanities, Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Science and Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.
Udine was the first university to offer courses such as Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage, Food Technologies, Banking Economics and was one of the first universities in northern Italy to offer Computer Science. Today, the wide range of education programmes offered by the University is characterized by courses in tune with the changes in modern society and in the new professions, like Biotechnology, Statistics and Computer Sciences for Business Management, Web and Multimedia Technology, Viticulture and Oenology.
The present number of students enrolled at the University is approx. 17,000.
In 2004, the University of Udine founded its School of Higher Education, a new Institute for excellence which the most talented students can access through public selection.
The University of Udine has developed an international network of relations establishing a solid reputation and a place among the most innovative medium-sized universities. The University is actively involved in student and staff exchange projects with universities within the EU and is currently engaged in close collaboration with several universities from Eastern Europe and other non-EU countries. Moreover the University participates in many research projects at national and international level. The University of Udine is a leader of research projects developed by the Central Eastern European University Network (Ceeun), a prestigious research group made up of 30 institutes, which belong to several Italian, Central and Eastern European universities.
Whilst the development of scientific knowledge and higher education remains its fundamental mission, the University also gives particular emphasis to transferring technology and disseminating innovative knowledge. It has created a Technology Transfer Office for the creation of Spin Off Companies and for IPR management and licensing. Also thanks to the collaboration of regional and international institutions, it has founded the Udine Science and Technology Park for research and commercial Spin Offs; it has launched the Innovaction International Expo held every year in Udine, and it organises the “Start Cup” Business Plan Competition open to international researchers, enterprises and students. Within such projects, the formation of students capable to meet the needs of an increasingly international professional life in the global economy becomes a fundamental mission.
In addition to the main site in Udine, the University has a campus comprising of many other sites throughout Friuli. It has centres in Pordenone, Gorizia, Cormòns, Gemona, and Tarcento.