The 13th century

The 13th century

The University of Padova was officially founded in 1222, although the city had been a haven of study and research for many years prior to this. In fact, this was the date of the first notarial record indicating a proper organisation of Padua’s university, known as “Studium Patavinum”. There was no prior authorisation to establish […]

The 14th century

The 14th century

At the start of the 14th century, Padua reached the peak of its independent splendour, with professors from all over Europe coming here to teach: in 1305, Pietro d’Abano, the philosopher, doctor and astrologer and a famous name in medieval medicine, was called to Padua from the University of Paris. His successors included Nicolò Santa […]

The 15th century

Frescoe by Gino Severini

The start of the 15th century saw the destruction of the Carraresi Signoria and the onset of Venetian rule, as the Serenissima Republic won the battle for the city in 1405. From this date until the Republic fell in 1797, the University of Padua was the only university centre in the area controlled by the […]

The 16th century

The 16th century

At the beginning of the 16th century, many of the activities carried out by the University of Padova were suspended. In fact, the Cambrai war (lasting from 1508 to 1516) transformed Padua from a ‘city of study’ into a ‘city of weapons’, owing to its important strategic and logistic role in defending and reconquering the […]

The 17th century

The 17th century

During the 17th century, the number of students enrolling with the university increased, exceeding one thousand. In the last part of the century, there were twice as many artists as jurists. Italy’s first university library was established in the “Sala dei Giganti” (“Hall of Giants”). During the first decade of the 17th century, Galileo Galilei taught and […]

The 18th century

The 18th century

During the last “Venetian” century a series of educational reforms were implemented, with the creation of new professorships in the legal field (public law) and scientific field (agrarian science), or in medicine (some medical surgical clinics, gynaecology, paediatrics, occupational medicine). Thanks to the conversion of the ancient tower of the Carraresi Castle, the University was […]

The 19th century

The 19th century

The 19th century opens with the fall of the Venetian Republic (1797) and the French armies settled in the former Venetian dominions, such as Padua, which would see the alternation of the Jacobin, Austrian and Italic regimes until 1813. By way of the Napoleonic decree of Saint-Cloud (1806), the University of Padua was put on […]

The 20th century

The 20th century

At the turn of the century, the University regained an international projection and invested in the construction of a first district dedicated to science. After the setback due to the First World War, during which many students and teachers left their studies to take up arms, in the twenty years of fascism new buildings proliferated: […]

The 2000s

The 2000s

The university of the new millennium is increasingly focused on internationalisation, research development, skills specialisation and diversifying the educational offer. Following the guidelines of the Italian Ministry of Education, since 2012 the University of Padua reorganises its general administrative-educational structure by eliminating faculties, entrusting teaching activities to the departments and creating schools to coordinate the […]