The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognized and coveted by both students and employers alike.
The University of Padua traces its origins back to 1222. The motto “Universa Universis Patavina Libertas” – ‘complete liberty for all at the University of Padua’ – underlines the total freedom of thought that the university has always granted its teachers and its students. The institution consists of 13 faculties that offer 100 first cycle degree courses, 80 second cycle degree courses, 70 Short specialization degree courses, 65 specialization schools (mostly medical ones) and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori). Moreover the research departments host over 76 different doctoral programmes, which are grouped in 35 doctoral schools and 4 doctorate courses. It is one of the most important higher education institutions in Italy with more than sixty thousand students (40000 at bachelor level, 20000 at master level and 1500 at doctoral level), 230 post-doc researchers, 2300 members of the teaching staff and 2300 members of the administrative staff.
The Department’s research covers a wide spatial and temporal range in its objects of study as well as in the plurality of sources and methods used. On one hand, in fact, it promotes and develops research ranging from the kingdoms of the III millennium BC and Greek and Latin civilisations to the contemporary world. On the spatial plane, on the other, it encompasses Mediterranean, European and extra-European countries and areas including from a global perspective.
As far as research sources and methodologies are concerned DiSSGeA welcomes work using the following as sources: the land in its original and developed forms; local and production frameworks linked to various areas; documents, oral and written sources and literary texts suffused with the memories and projects of various historical subjects. Such work adopts, elaborates and critically applies the most varied methodologies relating to historical, geographic, cartographic, linguistic, philological, literary, paleographical, epigraphical and anthropological research in relation to the multiplicity and diversity of its objects of study and the growing demand for a cross and inter-disciplinary and comparative reading and, lastly, the need to elaborate modern tools to raise awareness on and safeguard this.