University of Sassari

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Group.png University of Sassari  
Università degli Studi di Sassari logo.png
HeadquartersSardinia, Italy
Marred by corruption allegations

The University of Sassari (Università degli Studi di Sassari, UniSS) is a university located in Sassari, Italy. It was founded in 1562 and is organized in 13 departments.

The University of Sassari earned first place in the rankings for the best “medium-sized” Italian university, in 2009–2010, by the Censis Research Institute.[1] while in 2012 tumbled down to the 6th position among the best Italian universities.[2]

History and profile

Main building

The University of Sassari was founded by Alessio Fontana, member of Imperial Chancellery of Emperor Charles V and a distinguished gentleman in the town of Sassari in 1558. The official opening dates back to the month of May 1562. It was first run by the Jesuits.

Today, the University, which is of medium size, with a total number of over 18.000 students and about 700 teachers, comprises eleven faculties and over 40 departments, study centres and institutes. There are several specialist schools, research institutions, schools for special research and postgraduate schools.

Corruption Controversies

In the 2010s, some university professors were involved in an investigation by the Public Prosecutor's Office of Bari called Do ut des, concerning alleged irregularities in public competitions for full professor positions. The same survey, which involved a total of 35 teachers, also involved teachers from other universities: the University of Bari, the University of Valle d'Aosta, the University of Milan-Bicocca, the Free Mediterranean University, the University of Trento, the Roma Tre University and the European University of Rome.[3]


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