University of Padua

The University of Padova (UNIPD) is a well-known higher education and research institution, not only for being one of the oldest universities in the Western World and having hosted the chair of Galileo Galilei, but also for the excellence of the research nowadays performed. In all the international rankings UNIPD performs among the best Italian universities, and in the Italian scenario it is distinguished for its ability to copiously self-finance research projects.
UNIPD places emphasis on being an internationally-oriented research university, and is an active participant in international collaboration. International research at UNIPD has experienced a great success during the last years, particularly in respect of European funding.
UNIPD runs 161 projects in the framework of the FP7 among which 32 as coordinator. The Departments involved are 28 and the European contribution is estimated at around 51 million euro.
Around 3 million euro finance projects from other European programmes such as CIP, Justice, Public Health, Life+ or e-Content plus
The great variety of projects financed by different research programmes indicates the University’s excellent resources in most of the scientific areas.
The recommendations provided for by the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) regarding social security and benefits are respected, being the University of Padova one of the first subscribers of the Statement of Commitment for the implementation of the C&C.
In February 2012 the EC has acknowledged the University efforts and has rewarded it with the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo.
Dating back to 1222, the University of Padova (UNIPD) is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning. It is one of the leading Universities in Italy and with a long tradition of scientific excellence. UNIPD offers its 60,000 students 32 departments, 34 doctoral degree schools and 44 research and service centers across the spectrum of sciences, medicine, social sciences and humanities, with about 2,300 professors and researchers employed.
UNIPD participates in more than 160 International Research projects within the 7th Framework Programme and about 30 projects from other EU funds, accounting for more than 50 Million Euro. It has specific expertise on the management of European projects; it currently coordinates 30 FP7 projects.