The University of Florence, founded in 1321, is one of the oldest and most important Italian public comprehensive universities with a strong international vocation and a large number of Departments of Excellence. It’s a top destination in Europe for Erasmus and has a particularly high number of enrolled international students. Unifi has over 400 cooperation agreements with universities and research centres in 89 different countries and a unique cooperation with the study abroad programme of Stanford, NYU, Syracuse and many of the other 43 US programmes in Florence.
- A European Infrastructure “Instruct” hosted at the University Center for Magnetic Resonance (CERM) to set up the most powerful and unique apparatus in the world for advanced molecular studies in the field of life science and vaccines;
- The European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), a European reference point for research with light waves, based on a fundamental multi-disciplinary approach.
- The Research Centre Denothe dedicated to medical research in the field of chronic and disabling diseases, which have a major impact on the patients’ quality of life and put a considerable burden on the healthcare system.
- 2 UNESCO Chairs, both linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, the first (from 2006) dealing with human development and peace from the point of view of the education; the second (from 2016) with the prevention and reduction of hydrogeological risks, also in relation to the protection of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- A world leading University museum System: with its ten million specimens and more than four centuries of history, the Museum of Natural History is the most important naturalistic museum in Italy. The complex of Villa La Quiete displays, amongst others, works by Ghirlandaio and Botticelli, and the house of Galileo in Arcetri (Villa Galileo) tells of his scientific studies, relations with students and passion for the vineyards.
- More than 50 researchers from 12 departments involved in a Research Unit on climate change with an active role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments contributing also to the Nobel Peace Prize 2007, awarded jointly to IPCC and Al Gore.