University of Milan Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Italy

The University of Milan was founded in 1924, uniting two institutions that boasted a great tradition of medical, scientific and humanistic studies: the Accademia Scientifico-Letteraria (Scientific-Literary Academy), active since 1861, and the Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento (Clinical Specialisation Institutes), established in 1906.

By 1928, the University already had the fourth-highest number of enrolled students in Italy, after Naples, Rome and Padua, distinguishing itself through the high profile of its teaching staff.

Its premises are located in Città Studi (the City of Studies), the university quarter constructed from 1915 onwards that is home to the scientific faculties, and in several buildings in the historic city centre, which house the humanities faculties.

At the time of its foundation, there were four “traditional” faculties  – Law, Humanities, Medicine and Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; then, in the 1930s, the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture were introduced, after the aggregation of the old schools of Veterinary Medicine (1792) and Agriculture (1871).

At the end of the Second World War, the old Ospedale dei Poveri (Hospital for the Poor), known as “la Cà Granda” (the Big House), was assigned to the University. The building, one of the first Italian examples of civil architecture –  commissioned in the 15th century by the Sforza family, the dukes of Milan – was seriously damaged by the bombings of 1943. In 1958, after a complex series of reconstruction and renovation works, it became home to the University Rector’s Office, the administrative offices and the Faculties of Law and Humanities.

The University of Milan known colloquially as UniMi or Statale, is a higher education institution in Milan, Italy. It is one of the most important and largest universities in Europe, with about 60,000 students,[3] a permanent teaching and research staff of about 2,000.

The University of Milan has 9 schools and offers 134 undergraduate and graduate courses, 21 Doctoral Schools and 92 Specialization Schools. The University’s research and teaching activities have developed over the years and have received important international recognitions.

With more than 600 professors and researchers and approximately 1700 new students each year, the Faculty of Medicine is one of the most important in Italy, in terms of both the standards of training and the clinical and basic scientific results.

The academic programmes cover the entire spectrum of medical training, from medicine and medical biotechnology to dentistry and nursing science.

The Faculty boasts one of the highest rates of scientific production in the country, combining traditional subjects with an interest in the latest medical research developments in the fields of genomics, proteomics and molecular medicine. There are also numerous specialist facilities, including 2 important Centres of Excellence, the European School of Molecular Medicine and the International Master in Breast Diseases.

The University of Milan possesses an important artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, archives, botanical gardens and the old Brera Astronomical Observatory commissioned by Maria Theresa of Austria. The University’s departments are housed in important historic buildings in the centre of Milan and in modern buildings in the area known as Città Studi (City of Studies). Among the palazzos that house the University’s facilities are the old “Ca’ Granda” (“the big house”), a monumental complex from the 15th century in the heart of the historical city centre; the 18th-century Palazzo Greppi designed by Giuseppe Piermarini (architect of the Scala Theatre in Milan) and the 17th-century Sant’Alessandro College commissioned by the Arcimboldi family. The book collection, which is one of the richest in the region, is preserved in 87 libraries, while the APICE Centre collects rare and valuable book stocks and archives.

The total university surface area is about 500,000 m2 (5,400,000 sq ft), comprising 356 classrooms with approximately 27,382 seats, 203 teaching and computer laboratories with approximately 1,831 seats and 171 libraries and study rooms with approximately 4,417 seats.

The University of Milan has the following faculties and Schools:

  • Agricultural and Food Sciences (Scienze agrarie e alimentari)
  • Exercise and Sports Sciences (Scienze Motorie)
  • Humanities (Studi Umanistici)
  • Law (Giurisprudenza)
  • Linguistic and Cultural Mediation Sciences (Scienze della mediazione linguistica e culturale)
  • Medicine (Medicina e chirurgia)
  • Pharmacy  (Scienze farmacologiche)
  • Political, Economic and Social Sciences (Scienze politiche, economiche e sociali)
  • Science and Technology  (Scienze e tecnologie)
  • Veterinary Medicine (Medicina veterinaria)

The University of Milan has a network of 47 libraries. Some are dedicated to the main disciplinary areas, while a number of more specialised libraries are primarily used for research purposes.

All libraries share the same OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) – accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any internet-enabled computer – which contains approximately one million bibliographic records covering old and modern books, printed and electronic periodicals and audiovisual material.

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