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The University of Siena
Siena
(Italian: Università degli Studi di Siena, abbreviation: UNISI) in Siena, Tuscany
Tuscany
is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Italy. Originally called Studium Senese, the institution was founded in 1240. It had around 20,000 students in 2006,[1] nearly half of Siena's total population of around 54,000. Today, the University of Siena
Siena
is best known for its Schools of Law, Medicine, and Economics
Economics
and Management.

Contents

1 History

1.1 The early studium

1.1.1 The School of Humanities
Humanities
and Philosophy

1.2 The university under changing states 1.3 The university in the Risorgimento 1.4 The university in modern Italy

2 Notable students, alumni and faculty 3 Organization 4 Degree Courses 5 Points of interest 6 See also 7 Notes and references 8 External links 9 Bibliography

History[edit] The early studium[edit]

Pietro Ispano
Pietro Ispano
(Pope John XXI)

Palazzo San Galgano, The School of Humanities
Humanities
and Philosophy

The School of Humanities
Humanities
and Philosophy[edit] On December 26, 1240, Ildebrandino Cacciaconti, the then podestà of Siena, signed a decree imposing a tax on citizens of Siena
Siena
who rented rooms to students of the local "Studium Senese". The money from this tax went to pay for the salaries of the maestri (teachers) of this new studium.[2] The studium was further supported when, in 1252, Pope Innocent IV
Innocent IV
declared both its teachers and students completely immune from taxes and forced labour levied on their person or property by the city of Siena.[3] Moreover, the commune exempted teachers of law and Latin from military service and teachers of Latin were also excused from their duties as night watchmen. By the early 14th century, there were five teachers of Latin, logic and law and two doctors of natural sciences (medicine).[4] One of the most notable maestri of the School of Medicine
Medicine
was Pietro Ispano (Pope John XXI). Ispano was an illustrious philosopher, personal doctor to Emperor Frederick II, and in 1276 became Pope John XXI. In 1321, the studium was able to attract a larger number or pupils due to a mass exodus from the prestigious neighbouring University of Bologna when one of its students was sentenced to death by Bologna's magistrates for supposedly kidnapping a young woman. Partly at the instigation of their law lecturer Guglielmo Tolomei, the student body there unleashed a great protest at the Bolognese authority and Siena, supported by generous funding from the local commune, was able to accommodate the students resigning from the Studium Bolognese. The university under changing states[edit] The studium of Siena
Siena
was eventually promoted to the status of "Studium Generale" by Charles IV, shortly after his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in 1355.[5] This both placed the teachers and students under the safeguard of the imperial authority (protecting them from the local magistracy) and also meant that the licences (licentiae docendi) granted by the university were licences ubique docendi. These licences entitled the person receiving them to teach throughout Christendom.[6] The Casa della Sapienza was built in the early 15th century as a center combining classrooms and housing for those enrolled in the Studium. It had been proposed by bishop Mormille in 1392, was completed twenty years later, and its first occupants took up residence in 1416. Room and board in 1416 cost fifty gold florins for a semester.[2] By the mid-14th century, Siena
Siena
had declined as a power in Tuscany, eclipsed by the rise in power of Florence, who defeated the Republic of Siena
Siena
in 1555. The city authorities, however, successfully asked the Medici
Medici
(the hereditary dukes of Florence
Florence
at the time) to preserve the academy. Francesco and later Grand Duke Ferdinando I, reforms were made with new statutes and new preogatives. The post of Rettore (Rector), elected by students and city magistrates, was also instituted. In 1737, the Medici
Medici
line became extinct and the rule of Tuscany
Tuscany
passed to the French House of Lorraine. In this period, the Tuscan economist Sallustio Bandini, seemingly determined to "improve the intellectual stimulation of his native Siena" solicited scholarships from rich patrons for the university and also set up a large library, which he eventually bequeathed to the university.[7] In 1808, when the Napoleonic forces occupied Tuscany, they eliminated the Studium Senese and the doors of the University were not opened again until after the defeat of Napoleon and the restoration of Ferdinand III as the Grand Duke of Tuscany.[2] The university in the Risorgimento[edit] During the Risorgimento, the movement towards the unification of Italy as a single state, Sienese students organised groups which were openly patriotic. They publicly expressed their dissent and, during the April 1848 revolts in Tuscany, three professors, one assistant and fifty-five students formed the Compagnia della Guardia Universitaria to participate in the battles of Curtatone and of Montanara. The troop’s flag is still preserved in the Chancellor’s building. All of this passion for the new republic could not but trouble the Grand Duke and in the end he closed down the School of Medicine
Medicine
permitting only Law
Law
and Theology to continue[2] After the Second Italian War of Independence
Second Italian War of Independence
in 1859 and its aftermath, Tuscany
Tuscany
and with it Siena
Siena
were controlled by the Kingdom of Sardinia, which was to become the Kingdom of Italy. The Sienese academy eventually recovered from the unrest, thanks to initiatives by the city’s private enterprises and a series of legislative acknowledgements that boosted the reputation of the School of Pharmacy and that of Obstetrics
Obstetrics
(and consequently the School of Medicine itself) while the old hospital Santa Maria della Scala was transformed into General University Hospital. Some time later in 1880, the Law Faculty established the Circolo Giuridico or Legal Circle, where issues pertaining to law studies were examined in depth through seminars and lectures[2] The university in modern Italy[edit] In 1892, the Minister of Public Education, Ferdinando Martini, launched a proposal aimed at suppressing the Sienese academy’s activities. Siena
Siena
perceived this as a declaration of war and was backed immediately by a general tradesmen’s strike, the intervention of all of the town’s institutions and by a genuine uprising of the population – all of which induced to minister to withdraw the project. Having escaped this danger, the town went back to investing its resources in the university setting up new degrees and new faculties. The bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Siena
financed the construction of the biology department.[2] The 20th century witnessed the growth of the University of Siena, with the student population escalating from four hundred between the wars to more than 20,000 in the last few years.[1][2] During the start of the academic year, on November 7, 1990 the Sienese academy celebrated its 750th anniversary. Notable students, alumni and faculty[edit]

Pietro Ispano
Pietro Ispano
(c. 1215–1277), pope John XXI, Professor of Medicine Cino da Pistoia (1270–1336/37), Professor of Law Antonio de Venafro (1459–1530), advisor to Pandolfo Petrucci, Ruler of the Republic of Siena Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte
Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte
(1487–1555), pope Julius III, studied law at Siena Francesco Accarigi (c. 1557–1622), Professor of Civil Law Piero Calamandrei
Piero Calamandrei
(1889–1956), Professor at the Law
Law
school in Siena Richard M. Goodwin (1913–1996), Professor, mathematician and economist Norberto Bobbio
Norberto Bobbio
(1909–2004), Professor of Philosophy Frank Hahn
Frank Hahn
(1925–2013), Professor of Economics, Director of the PhD program of the Economics
Economics
Department Jean Blondel (born 1929), Professor of comparative politics Samuel Bowles (born 1939), American economist, professor of Economics Antonio Tabucchi
Antonio Tabucchi
(1943–2012), Italian writer, Professor of Portuguese language and literature Paul Ginsborg (born 1945), British historian, Professor of Contemporary History Yusuf Garaad Omar (born 1960), journalist and politician

Organization[edit] Since 2012, after the general reform of Italian Universities ("Gelmini Act"), the University is composed of fifteen departments, grouped in four areas:

Biomedical and Medical Sciences

Department of Medical Biotechnologies Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine Department of Medicine, Surgery
Surgery
and Neuroscience

Economics, Law
Law
and Political Sciences

Department of Economics
Economics
and Statistics Department of Law Department of Political and International Sciences Department of Business
Business
and Law

Experimental Sciences

Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry
Chemistry
and Pharmacy Department of Information Engineering
Engineering
and Mathematics Department of Life Sciences Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment

Literature, History, Philosophy
Philosophy
and the Arts

Department of Philology
Philology
and Literary Criticism Department of Education, Human Sciences and Intercultural Communication Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences Department of History
History
and Cultural Heritage

Each department offers graduate and undergraduate courses. Since 2014 the Department of Economics
Economics
and Statistics
Statistics
and the Department of Business
Business
and Law
Law
merged their undergraduate and graduate courses into the School of Economics
Economics
and Management
Management
(SEM). Formerly, the University was composed of nine schools:

The School of Economics The School of Engineering The School of Humanities
Humanities
and Philosophy The School of Humanities
Humanities
and Philosophy
Philosophy
- Arezzo The School of Jurisprudence The School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences The School of Medicine
Medicine
and Surgery The School of Pharmacy The School of Political Science

Siena’s campus is the city. The academy lives as an integral part of the urban fabric in both space and time. Thus there is an uneasy equilibrium between city and university, where 20 thousand students lived among the 50 thousand Sienese. While the Sienese are proud of their native traditions, the more polyglot university prides itself on diversity, with which as the historian Guicciardini would put it, non havvi genio - there is no genius. Recently, the University has returned historical buildings to the city, which are being made into apartments or used by the contradas. At the same time, it is thanks to the intervention of the University that many buildings which risked falling into ruin were saved, making institutions of study out of a part of the city patrimony that might have otherwise been lost. The Faculties of Engineering
Engineering
and Literature, for example, have found space for their departments in the large rooms of what was once the San Niccolò Psychiatric Hospital. The same holds true for the transformation of the former Convent of Santa Chiara into the first collegiate residence in Italy, reserved for those working towards a European postgraduate degree. The church of San Vigilio serves as university chapel. New university buildings have even been built in the city centre such as the one that houses the Faculty of Political Science and Law, whose architectural style blends with the secular surroundings creating a balance between preservation and innovation. The ten university dormitories are adapted to the urban fabric and are located within the historical centre (Fontebranda, Porrione, Sperandie, San Marco), on the outskirts (Acquacalda) and near the extended areas of the university (San Miniato). Degree Courses[edit] For the academic year 2017-18 the following degree courses are provided (medium of instruction in parenthesis)

Biomedical and Medical Sciences

Undergraduate (3 years)

Biomedical laboratory techniques (in Italian) Biotechnologies (taught in Italian) Cardiocirculatory and cardiovascular perfusion techniques (in Italian) Dental hygiene (in Italian) Dietistic (in Italian) Environment and the workplace prevention techniques ((in Italian)) Imaging and radiotherapy techniques (in Italian) Midwifery (in Italian) Nursing (in Italian) Orthoptic and ophtalmologic assistance (in Italian) Physiotherapy (in Italian) Speech and language therapy (in Italian)

Graduate (2 years)

Health professions of rehabilitation sciences (in Italian) Medical biotechnologies (in English) Nursing and midwifery sciences (in Italian)

Single cycle (6 years)

Dentistry and Dental Prosthodontics (in English) Medicine
Medicine
and surgery (in Italian)

Economics, Law
Law
and Political Sciences

Undergraduate (3 years)

Communication sciences (in Italian) Counsellor of labour law and labour relations (in Italian) Economics
Economics
and banking (in Italian)(in English) Economics
Economics
and business (in Italian)(in English) Political sciences (in Italian) Social work (in Italian)

Graduate (2 years)

Anthropology and visual studies (in Italian) Economics
Economics
and management of financial institutions (in Italian) Economics
Economics
(in Italian)(in English) Finance (in English) International studies (in Italian)(in English) Language and mind: linguistics and cognitive studies (in English) Management
Management
and governance (in Italian)(in English) Public and cultural diplomacy (in English) Sciences of administrations (in Italian) Statistics
Statistics
for sample surveys (in Italian) Strategies and techniques of communication (in Italian)

Single cycle (5 years)

Law
Law
(in Italian)

Experimental Sciences

Undergraduate (3 years)

Biological sciences (in Italian) Chemical sciences (in Italian) Computer and information engineering (in Italian) Engineering
Engineering
management (in Italian) Geological sciences (in Italian) Mathematics
Mathematics
(in Italian) Natural and environmental sciences (in Italian) Physics
Physics
and advanced technologies (in Italian)

Graduate (2 years)

Applied mathematics (in English) Biology (in Italian)(in English) Chemistry
Chemistry
(in English) Computer and automation engineering (in English) Ecotoxicology and environmental sustainability (in Italian) Electronics and communications engineering (in English) Engineering
Engineering
management (in English) Geosciences and applied geology (in Italian) Health biology (in Italian)

Single cycle (5 years)

Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology (in Italian) Pharmacy
Pharmacy
(in Italian)

Literature, History, Philosophy
Philosophy
and the Arts

Undergraduate (3 years)

Communication sciences (in Italian) Education
Education
(in Italian) History
History
and cultural heritage (in Italian) Languages for intercultural and business communication (in Italian) Studies in literature and philosophy (in Italian)

Graduate (2 years)

Anthropology and visual studies (in Italian) Archaeology (in Italian) Classics (in Italian) Education
Education
sciences and educational consulting for organizations (in Italian) History
History
and philosophy (in Italian) History
History
of art (in Italian) Language and mind: linguistics and cognitive studies (in English) Modern literatures (in Italian) Strategies and techniques of communication (in Italian)

Points of interest[edit]

Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena, the university's botanical garden

See also[edit]

Coimbra Group
Coimbra Group
(a network of leading European universities) List of medieval universities List of Italian universities Siena

Notes and references[edit]

^ a b "Rapporto Nucleo di Valutazione 2006: Studenti e Carriere - POPOLAZIONE STUDENTESCA". Università degli Studi di Siena. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ a b c d e f g "Short Story of University of Siena: 760 years of history". Università degli Studi di Siena. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-04-05.  ^ de Ridder-Symoens, Universities in the Middle Ages. p93 ^ Waley, Siena
Siena
and the Sienese in the thirteenth century. p159 ^ de Ridder-Symoens, Universities in the Middle Ages. p.97 ^ de Ridder-Symoens, Universities in the Middle Ages. p36 ^ Wahnbaeck, Luxury and public happiness. p96

External links[edit]

University of Siena
Siena
Website (in Italian) (in English)  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "University of Siena". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 

Bibliography[edit]

de Ridder-Symoens, Hilde: A History
History
of the University in Europe, Volume 1: Universities in the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press, 1992 ISBN 0-521-54113-1 Waley, Daniel: Siena
Siena
and the Sienese in the thirteenth century. Cambridge University Press, 1991 ISBN 0-521-40312-X Wahnbaeck, Till: Luxury and Public Happiness: Political Economy in the Italian Enlightenment Oxford University Press, 2004 ISBN 0-19-926983-1

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