University of Padova

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Alessandro Paccagnella - Vice-Rector for International

Alessandro graduated in Physics with honors in February 1983 at the University of Padua. Since then he has worked in several Italian universities, becoming Assistant Professor at the University of Trento (1986), Associate Professor (1992) at the University of Cagliari and Full Professor (2000) at the University of Padua. From June 2008 to September 2014 Alessandro was the Director of the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua. From April 2012 to September 2014 he was a member of the University Senate as a Director in the Area representation of Engineering and Science. Since October 2015, Pro-rector for international relations. 

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Key facts about Unversity of Padova

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Research member since 2014

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Padova also vaunts the world’s first university botanical garden and a permanent anatomical theatre, which was built by Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente

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1678 Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman in the world to be awarded a university degree

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Eminent Alumni include; Andrea Vesalio, who founded modern anatomy, as well as the astronomer Copernicus, and Galileo, who observed the skies here

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University of Padova's Mission & Vision

The University of Padova aims to enhance its 8-century-long tradition of high quality of research and education at national and international level. It aims at strengthening its identity and reputation as a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary institution.

The university of Padova supports the principle of freedom of teaching. It acknowledges the equal importance of all educational areas, ensuring their opportunities to develop and improve so as to enhance the quality of research and education as a whole. The University respects diversity. It guarantees freedom from any form of discrimination. It promotes culture, equity and social responsibility.

About University of Padua

The University of Padova was established in 1222 by a group of students from Bologna. They set up a free body of scholars, who were grouped according to their place of origin into nationes, in which students approved statutes, elected the rettore (rector, or chancellor) and chose their teachers, paid with money the students collected. Defending freedom of thought in study and teaching became a distinctive feature which today lives on.

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the University expanded to include the faculties of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Political Sciences together with its traditional faculties of Law, Medicine, Arts and Philosophy, and Sciences.

International Partnerships

  • Erasmus Mundus action 1 and 2, as well as
  • LLP projects
  • Tempus projects

Notable Research Areas

The University of Padua has a long tradition of excellence in the research on frontier topics in the field of energy. Several highly experienced research groups, active in the Departments of Chemical Sciences, Industrial Engineering, and Physics are acknowledged at the international level and are reference points for the industry. These research groups have been working in the following fields:

(a) energy storage applications for the power grid,

(b) efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical power, 

(c) development of next-generation “smart-grids”, able to accommodate effectively a large amount of electric power obtained from intermittent renewable sources.

The energy themes are assuming a pivotal importance to shape the dynamics of today’s world economy, thus attracting a growing political attention at the local, national and international level.