The University of Udine was founded in 1978 as part of the reconstruction plan of Friuli region after a devastating earthquake in 1976. The purpose was to provide the Friuli’s community with an independent centre for advanced training in cultural and scientific studies. Since its institution, the University of Udine has rapidly earned a high standing reputation and acquired a position among the leading research universities.
Whilst the development of scientific knowledge and higher education remains its fundamental mission, the University lays particular emphasis on transferring technology and innovative knowledge within the local economic milieu and society in general.
The University of Udine has always been settling and following its main targets in order to contribute to the territorial socio-economic development. To refer to an example and proof of the University commitment in this sense, we can focus on the increase in teaching offer (from 1978 to 2002 the number of faculties students can choose among, raised from 1 to 10), on the spreading of its branches throughout the regional territory, on the number of undergraduate students (607 in 1978, 16.620 in 2008), PhD students (0 in 1978, 468 in 2008) and researchers (27 in 1978, 745 in 2008).
Udine was the first university to offer courses such as Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage, Food Technologies, Management Engineering and Banking Economics and was one of the first universities in northern Italy to offer Computer Science courses.
University of Udine
Via Palladio, 8
33100 Udine (Italy)
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