With 4 campuses, 12 faculties, 41,000 students and a teaching staff of more than 2000, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is Europe’s largest private university. Founded in Milan in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, the University also has campuses in Rome, Brescia and Piacenza-Cremona. Just a few figures illustrate the breadth and depth of the University’s core curriculum, in both humanities and sciences: 41 three-year degree programmes, 37 two years graduate programmes, 6 intensive-study degree programmes, 53 schools of specialization, almost 100 master degree programmes and 7 graduate schools.
Research activity draws on 51 institutes, 24 departments and 72 research centres, plus other 5 centres at the University, and it is aimed at the study and understanding of issues crucial to life and society: new frontiers in economics and bioethics, the recovery of cultural assets, changes in the field of law, family trends, the phenomenon of the mass media, the development of political systems, the aims of medicine, technological applications of mathematics and physics, and the most recent discoveries in environmental research.
Productive dialogue between teaching and research allows for an approach drawing on various disciplines, which helps students to navigate within the sphere of scientific knowledge in an independent and responsible manner. From registration to graduation, focus on an interdisciplinary approach is supported by guidance and tutoring activities, internships, foreign study programmes within and outside Europe, and placement services that benefit from the University’s strong ties with the business world. This focus does not end with the completion of university studies; it continues with alumni having access to numerous ongoing training and post-graduate programmes, including those regarding their professional careers.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has a total of more than 600,000 square metres of floor space dedicated to education and scientific research, matched by the assistance guaranteed by the Agostino Gemelli General Hospital in Rome: a single university with a campus extending to six Italian cities, with its seat in the historic Cistercian monastery situated near the Saint Ambrose Basilica in the heart of Milan.
In espousing the universal vocation to holiness and faithfulness to the Gospel, Università Cattolica increasingly aims to be a special venue for prolific dialogue among men and women of all cultures, in consideration of a harmonious balance between reason and faith.
The university is both a lively community and a research hub, where students are urged towards constant and intense participation in academic life by taking advantage of the numerous opportunities for growth that the institution offers every day.
With its undergraduate degrees, first- and second-level master degrees, research doctorates and other post-graduate programmes, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore gives young people an ongoing opportunity to interact with scholars and to fully and adequately fulfil the commitment to their studies, thereby making an essential contribution to their moral and professional enrichment.
Conscious of its national and international prestige, Università Cattolica remains committed to its mission of enhancing the combination of professional skills, cultural resources and human characteristics which are essential if we have to operate with realism and confidence, looking ahead to a future that already makes up the present for us all.