University of Florence: Prof. Alessandra Petrucci elected as first female rector

06/14/2021 | by Eva Laurie | Florence

For the first time since its establishment in 1924, the University of Florence will be led by a woman, marking an important step towards the future.

A portrait photo of Alessandra Petrucci in semi-profile in front of some greenery.
Prof. Alessandra Petrucci will be the first female rector of the University of Florence. Image Source: University of Florence

The University of Florence has a new rector. Prof. Alessandra Petrucci is Professor of Social Statistics and during her long and distinguished academic career has passed through many areas of the university: from a degree in Civil Engineering, to a PhD in Applied Statistics, she has worked as a researcher at the University’s “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Science, taught at the Department of Psychology and, at present, is a Full Professor in Social Statistics at the Department of Statistics, Informatics and Applications “Giuseppe Parenti”. Her research activity focuses on social statistics, where she pays particular attention to the analysis of student mobility and social indicators of well-being. Her interest in these subjects led her to being involved in the European University for Well-Being (EUniWell) from its start and contributing her expertise to the planning of the project.

Thus, 97 years after the foundation of the University of Florence, not only will the first female rector in the history of the university take office, but also a champion for greater well-being at universities. “I will be a rector for all,” she assures. Alessandra Petrucci has been elected for a term of six years.