University history and profile, organisation, governing bodies, regulations, management and administrative offices.
The University of Verona is dedicated to innovation and to maintaining the high quality of its teaching and research. The institution has 23,000 students, and 1,500 teaching and non-teaching staff all dedicated to a continual process of growth and to the development of human, structural and financial resources. The University is divided into 15 departments and the faculty of Medicine and Surgery, offering a total of 60 degree courses, 7 graduate schools, 26 master's courses, 40 specialisation schools and 16 masterclasses. The University has strong links to the local community and looks to the future through its constant strengthening of the link between courses offered and the world of work. In the immediate future, one of the University’s principle objectives is to continue with its building programme in order to create an improved and welcoming environment.
In the years following the Second World War, a group of intellectuals in Verona set up the Libera Scuola Superiore of Historical Sciences and soon developed the idea of establishing a university. The first concrete steps were taken in February 1959 by the mayor, Giorgio Zanotto, the Provincial Administration and the Chamber of Commerce, and led to the creation of the Libera Facoltà of Business and Economics and the Consortium for University Studies. The central administration was set up in Palazzo Giuliari, donated by the Countess Elena Giuliari Gianfilippi Tusini in 1960; today it houses the office of the Rector of the University. In 1982 the University, which until that time had functioned as a separate site of the University of Padua, was awarded independent university status. The University has grown into one of the most important in the country and is officially recognised as a “Major University” (the Censis definition for universities with between 20,000 and 40,000 students).
The Rector establishes the University's development policy in collaboration with the Academic Senate and the Board of Administration. He or she also presides over the creation of programmes under the direct supervision of the Administrative Director.
The Vice-Rector acts as assistant to the Rector and as substitute in the case of temporary absence or early retirement.
The General Director oversees the central administration of the University. In collaboration with the Rector, he or she puts into effect all planning decisions and ensures that all parts of the administration contribute to the correct and efficient running of the University.