University of Ferrara - Department of Economics


The University of Ferrara offers a unique historical environment. Magnificent reminiscences of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance live on in palaces, houses, churches, museums, squares, courtyards and alleys. Far from being shrouded in the past, Ferrara is a cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly sustainable town where young people can experience a high quality of life, take advantage of well-maintained infrastructures, and pleasantly blend in. Fostering innovative views of the future supported by deeply rooted cultural traditions is a primary goal of the University of Ferrara, which offers a broad range of BA and MA degrees and PhDs in the sciences and the humanities. The whole town is a lively campus thriving on the interaction between national and international students.



Ferrara is a safe and welcoming open Campus with teaching and research facilities conveniently located in the center as well as just outside the Renaissance walls.

“Da 600 anni guardiamo avanti”: Looking ahead has been a priority of the University of Ferrara for six centuries.

The University of Ferrara continues to move forward by promoting internationalization. Fostering an international scientific and academic community involves a multiple perspectives: the pursuit of the highest teaching and research standards strengthened by a focus on specific areas of excellence and thriving on the presence of a strong historical and cultural identity. Ferrara features a latticework of streets, squares, and buildings that mingle with teaching and research facilities located in the center as well as immediately outside the Renaissance walls. Owing to its unique urban configuration, the town presents itself as an open campus closely interacting with the community at large.


Enjoy Unife

Welcome to the University of Ferrara Founded in 1391, the University of Ferrara is like the City of Ferrara itself: historical but sparkling, small but competitive, with people coming together to learn in its urban campus. We are a dynamic University in a beautiful and dynamic city.

Our activities are strongly internationalized. Our teaching and research are strongly internationalized to offer our students the possibility of moving around and outside Europe, thus offering them an enjoyable experience that will enrich them personally and professionally. We attract the best international students offering them excellent teaching and research opportunities as we deem that research is stronger when carried out within an academic community that includes students.


Our Mission

We have been looking ahead for 600 years. It is not only the tag-line of the University’s communication logo but also one of the objectives which we consider a priority. The University of Ferrara looks ahead and the future can only lead to internationalization.

"We have been looking ahead for 600 years". This is not only the tag-line of the University’s communication logo but also one of the objectives which we consider a priority.

The University of Ferrara looks ahead and the future can only lead to internationalization. Being part of an international scientific and academic community does not mean uniformity and loss of identity but, on the contrary, sharing the high standards of teaching and research of the world’s best universities while maintaining one’s own individuality and excellence. Opening up entails communication with the rest of the world, finding common ground and creating breeding grounds for innovation, technological development, and cultural and scientific growth without losing sight of one’s own roots. The presence of teaching and research facilities throughout the city makes Ferrara a huge open campus which is safe and welcoming – the ideal place to study or stay. Ferrara campus is not just a university within a city, but rather a city where everything revolves around the University - it is an integral part not only of urban fabric but also of its activities and characteristics. Promoting and strengthening the image of the University of Ferrara abroad, therefore, entails promoting and strengthening the image of the area and the city, which is a Unesco World Heritage site.


Unife History

The University of Ferrara, one of Italy’s oldest universities, has welcomed and educated illustrious personalities from the worlds of culture, the Arts, and Science, such as Nicholas Copernicus and Paracelsus.

The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391 by the Marquise Alberto V of Este with the permission of Pope Boniface IX. The first courses to be inaugurated were Arts, Theology, and Law and were taught by famous teachers such as Bartolomeo Saliceto, an expert among jurists.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Ferrara became one of the most thriving centers of Italian Renaissance culture and the University enjoyed a period of great prestige, thanks also to the presence of illustrious intellectuals such as Nicholas Copernicus and Paracelsus. After its assimilation into the Papal State in 1598, the University was transformed from a prestigious Estensi City University to a University in the outskirts. In the Napoleonic Age, with the plan for national universities, the University lost its power to grant degree titles and normal academic activity did not resume until 1816. After the unification of Italy, the University of Ferrara became a free university. In the years preceding the First World War, with over 500 students, the University was the most highly attended free university in Italy. The identity of the University is therefore rooted in a historical and cultural tradition which sets it apart from others. Since its foundation, it has welcomed and educated illustrious personalities from the worlds of Culture, the Arts and the Sciences. In terms of its size, facilities, and the quality and quantity of education and research, the university is a point of excellence within Italy. This is also demonstrated by its excellent position in international rankings.


Nicholas Copernicus

b. 1473 Torun, Pomerania - d. 1543 Frauenburg

The Polish astronomer was the author of “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium”, in which the Ptolemaic conception is overturned, presenting a system in which the sun is the center of the universe.

The Copernican theory is fundamental for the development of astronomic science and represents the beginning of modern astronomy.


b.1493 Einsiedeln, Switzerland - d. 1541 Salzburg

A physician and philosopher, he was one of the most important and complex figures of Renaissance science.

He integrated Aristotle’s theory of the four elements and rejected the traditional teachings of medicine, thus giving life to a new discipline: iatrochemistry, based on the treatment of diseases using mineral substances.

Giovanni Pico of Mirandola

b. 1463 Mirandola (Mo) - d. 1494 Florence

One of the most celebrated Italian philosophers and humanists, he was a friend of Marsilio Ficino, Lorenzo the Magnificent, and Angelo Poliziano.

Among his most famous works are “Oratio de hominis dignitate” and the nine hundred articles containing philosophical and theological problems.


Department of Economics and Management

The Department of Economics and Management (DEM) was created in 2013 from the previous Department of Economics, Institutions and Territory founded in 1997.

The Department is characterized by a highly multidisciplinary nature and its main teaching and research fields include economics, business and law.

Our teaching team includes over 40 professors and researchers, 9 technicians, and about 30 research fellows, graduate students, and collaborators.

Our postgraduate degree program provides an ideal balance between academic theory, business practice, and current affairs.

Starting from the 2015-2016 academic year, the Department of Economics and Management renews its educational offer by launching four new highly specialized master's degree programs, so as to provide strong professional skills with special attention to international issues. Two of these courses (Small and Medium Enterprises in International Markets and Green Economy and Sustainability) will be entirely taught in English. They are addressed to students from Italy and other countries who are interested in experiencing an advanced learning environment in order to gain a deep understanding of the economic scenario and competitive global economy.



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44121 Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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