Marche Polytechnic University is a public university in Ancona, Italy. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agriculture, Engineering, Economics, Medicine and Biology.
Courses began on November 1959 as a branch of the University of Urbino. The university itself opened in 1969 with approval of a charter for the Independent University of Ancona and by-laws establishing a 2-year course of study for the School of Engineering and a 3-year course of study for the School of Medicine and Surgery. The Higher Council on Public Education recognized the School of Engineering for the 1969-70 academic year and the School of Medicine and Surgery for the following year. The University of Ancona was recognized as a state university on 18 January 1971. Schools of agriculture and sciences were added over the next two decades, and in January 2003 the University was renamed Università Politecnica delle Marche.
The teaching faculty currently numbers 710 professors, teaching assistants, and researchers, along with 560 technical and administrative personnel. These are the 5 schools in which the university is divided into:
- School of Agriculture
- School of Economics
- School of Engineering
- School of Medicine and Surgery
- School of Sciences
Teaching and research activities were once housed at separate locations, which were often unsuitable and inadequate. They are presently grouped together and divided among three main complexes. The science-technology complex is located in Monte D’Ago, in buildings designed by Pietro Belluschi, an Italian-American architect. This complex houses the School of Engineering, the School of Agriculture, and the School of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Science. Construction is currently being completed on this same site to meet the teaching and laboratory needs of the new School of Biology. A second research and instruction complex is located in Torrette for the biological, scientific and clinical needs of the School of Medicine and Surgery. The third complex, for the study of economics and the humanities, is located in the city center in a historic building, Caserma Villarey, which houses the School of Economics. Villa Maria, located near Passetto, represents an additional center of study, set aside for orthodontics and dental prostheses.
In terms of logistics, the administrative center of the University is located in the center of the city at Piazza Roma, where also the Administration and Rectorship are housed. Palazzo della Provincia (Government Building), and the other administrative bodies are located in buildings in close proximity to the Palazzo.
The University’s facilities also include the sports complex situated on an extensive tract of land in Posatora, the former location of the School of Medicine and Surgery before it was destroyed by a disastrous landslide in 1982. In this same area, a new botanical garden has been planned which, together with the university research farms (currently operational) in the city of Agugliano, round out the scientific and instructional facilities for the School of Agriculture. In addition, medium to long-term planning includes the renovation of the former Stamira barracks, the latest acquisition made by the University. This building has been proposed as guest residence for students and scholars from other Italian and foreign universities who ever more frequently attend courses and conduct research at the various institutes and departments, within the context of national and international projects.