Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna
Department: Department of Political and Social Science
The University of Bologna (UNIBO) was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it is still one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with around 85.000 enrolled students, 33 research departments, 3000 academics and 3000 administrative staff. It is located in 5 Campuses, the main one being in Bologna and 4 additional campuses across the Emilia-Romagna Region. The number of foreign students regularly enrolled is around 6000, while another 2000 arrive every year on international mobility programmes. This make of UNIBO Italy’s most internationalised university. UNIBO is also one of the European leading universities in the management of international cooperation and mobility projects.
It participates in all the Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme: as for international projects, it is involved in more than 90 Erasmus+ projects including EMJDs, Strategic Partnerships, Capacity Building, Knowledge Alliances, KA3, SPORT and Jean Monnet. With particular reference to the Jean Monnet Action, the Department of Law and the Department of Political Sciences have been coordinating projects, networks, modules, chairs and centres of excellence since the Action was created. UNIBO’s Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS) is a key reference point in the field of the political and social studies. DSPS, embraces the UNIBO’s heritage in political and social science research and teaching and unites scholars active in these fields.
According to the QS World University Rankings, the University of Bologna is the only Italian university among the first 100 higher education institutions in the world with reference to Political Science and International Studies. The Department encompasses the main research fields in the study of political and social issues – political sciences, sociology, international relations, migration studies, political philosophy, history of political theory, – and related disciplines like economic history, law and modern languages. DSPS pursues international, high-quality research in different areas: political theory; comparative politics; politics of non-European countries; public administration and public policy; social and political communication; organizational studies; cultural studies; legal and judicial systems; international relations; political and economic history.