City of Pavia

City of Pavia 

Pavia is a small medieval city in northern Italy (pop. 70,000) located 30 km south of Milan. Founded in Roman times, Pavia (then called ‘Ticinum’) was the capital of the Kingdom of Lombards for over two centuries. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable. The city center is a maze of narrow streets and ancient churches. The University campus offers many cultural events, museum exhibitions festivals, concerts, and sports. From Pavia, take a short day trip north to explore Lake Como & Maggiore or to ski on the Italian Alps. To the south, hike the Cinque Terre coastline, bask in the art of Florence or treat yourself to the world-famous cuisine of Emilia Romagna.

University of Pavia 

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Founded in 1361, it was the only university in the Milan area and the region of Lombardy until the 20th century. Today, the University hosts 24,000 students and 900 academic staff from Italy, Europe, and overseas.

Related Opportunities 

The University combines clinical treatment and research in three leading teaching hospitals that employ over 12,000 health professionals. Collaborations exist with several other research hospitals (below) and with local hospitals in the Regional Hospital Agency, like Città di Pavia.

The Policlinico San Matteo, built in the 15th century, recently added three new hospital wings, allowing for more than 500 new beds. Specialties address a wide range of medical conditions.

Fondazione S. Maugeri, originally founded in the 1960s as a centre for occupational medicine, later extended its reach to rehabilitation and internal medicine, oncology, and surgery.

The Neurological Institute C. Mondino has provided high standards of care, teaching, and research on diseases of the nervous system for over 100 years,

Finally, international opportunities through programs like Erasmus, Global Health Learning Opportunities, and GEMx benefit the trainee’s global perspective.

State of the Art Technology

The University and other research institutes play a key role in advancing Pavia to be a leader in cutting-edge technology.

The national Hadrontherapy Center for Cancer Treatment (CNAO), the only such research center in Italy and one of 5 worldwide, combats cancer through proton and carbon ion beams.

The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Energy (LENA) is an Interdepartmental Research Centre operating a nuclear reactor for research, training, and education activities.

The University of Pavia supports collaboration among researchers, local institutes and private companies by funding new start-ups with the Mind the Bridge Foundation.

University research has led to start-up and spin-off initiatives or companies that endeavour to transfer technology to the open market.

Legacy of Science  

The University of Pavia long tradition of outstanding research is demonstrated, amongst other things, by three of its faculty being awarded hold the Nobel Prize: Camillo Golgi, Giulio Natta and Carlo Rubbia. Alessandro Volta and Lazzaro Spallanzani were amongst the great scientists in Pavia. Notably, Leonardo da Vinci performed human dissections here during the early discovery of Anatomy. Many clinical networks operate within Pavia’s abundant and diverse medical institutions. The University has created 28 research centres, 17 PhD programs and 42 interdepartmental programs that, in 2013, resulted in 7 international patents, from biology and physics to engineering.

Recently, the University launched Universitiamo: the first Italian crowdfunding university project platform. Strategic plans for 2017 include the opening of a new cancer research centre and the expansion of the tissue- engineering centre to cover all health technologies such as nanomedicine, regenerative and cell therapy.


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View of Ponte Coperto by night



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