The University of Bergamo (Italian: Università degli Studi di Bergamo), known colloquially as UniBg, is an Italian public university located in Bergamo, Italy. It was founded on 11 December 1968 and is organized in seven departments, three campuses and forty-one degree courses.
The University of Bergamo, founded in 1968, was originally named "The Institute of Foreign Languages and Literature". Under Rector Serio Galeotti (1972–75), the degree course in economics and business was introduced (1974), finally becoming a Faculty in 1988.
During the Chancellorship of Giorgio Szëgo, characterized by the new Faculty of Economics, the university continued to expand, but it was the Rector Pietro Enrico Ferri in 1990 who introduced the Faculty of Engineering in Dalmine and accompanied the passing of the private Institute to the State under the new name of "Università degli Studi di Bergamo".
Over the years the university has played an important role in recuperating some of the historic buildings in the Upper City: the Faculty of Foreign Languages started off in the ex-palace of the Venetian Governor in Piazza Vecchia; Economics was in the ex-Capuchin monastery in Piazza Rosate, while the Rector's seat is still in the ex-Terzi Palace of St. Agatha in Via Salvecchio.
The university has steadily expanded and in the last few years under the guidance of the Rector Stefano Paleari the growth has been remarkable. With the recent additions of Arts & Philosophy and Law, the Departments are now six; there are seventeen degree courses – three in Languages, three in Arts and Philosophy, four in Economics, one in Law, five in Engineering and one in the Science of economic and financial security in collaboration with the "Academy of the Guardia di Finanza" (a higher education college for the training of Italian Economic/Financial Police- The Guardia di Finanza is an Italian Police force directly under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is an integral part of the Italian Armed Forces as well as of the law enforcement agencies).
Together with eight post graduate diplomas there are also new courses in Law, Pedagogy and Tourism. Enrolments, constantly on the increase, have passed from 7 thousand (academic year 1999/2000) to more than 15 thousand (academic year 2013/2014); as new courses and teaching facilities increase so do the enrolments.
In 2001 the Faculty of Economics moved from the Upper City to the Lower City in Via dei Caniana. With the new Sant’Agostino complex and nearby ex-boarding house Baroni, which comprise the new centre for the Arts & Philosophy faculty, the university now occupies an area of 40,000 m2. In 2004, it established a satellite campus in Treviglio, the first five students of which graduated in 2007.
It is also important to consolidate research beyond the national boundaries. In fact Bergamo University is the administrative seat for six research doctorates and can boast important initiatives such as the International seminar of the Russian language, the Course on Italian language and literature for foreigners, the Centre specializing in anthropology, the Observatory on bank mergers, the centre for territorial studies.
There is an original and fruitful relationship between the university and the business activities in the Bergamo area. Various firms have contributed to the financing of the association Pro Universitate Bergomensi, which supports the university in its initiatives. As a result, certain degree courses in Textile engineering, and laboratories and research projects in various fields have been financed.
According to Censis' ranking on the educational offer of Italian universities, the University of Bergamo presents some of the best courses in Italy. This ranking takes into account the teaching offer of Italian bachelor's and master's degree in specific subjects and is based on the career progression and institutional relations for the 2018/2019 academic year, placing the University of Bergamo among the top performers in five teaching groups.
The quality of the University of Bergamo is not only recognized at national level. Times Higher Education has in fact ranked the university among the top 500 universities in the world and among the top 100 young universities in the world.
The university is divided into seven departments, some of which provide English-taught degrees:
Department of Arts and Philosophy
Department of Economics and Business Administration
Business Economics (BA)
Accounting, Accountability and Governance (MSc)
Management, Finance and International Business (MSc)
Business Administration and Financial Accounting (MSc)
Economics and Data Analysis (Msc)
Department of Engineering
Management Engineering (M.Eng)
Smart Technology Engineering (M.Eng.)
Engineering and Management for Health (M.Eng)
Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Communication
Planning and Management of Tourism Systems (MSc)
Department of Law
Department of Human and Social Sciences
Clinical Psychology for Individuals, Families and Organizations (MSc)