Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

The main building of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
The premises of Brixen

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italian: Libera Università di Bolzano, German: Freie Universität Bozen, Ladin: Università Liedia de Bulsan) is a university primarily located in Bolzano, Italy. It was founded on 31 October 1997 and is organized into five Faculties.

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB or unibz) aims to offer students a multilingual, practice-oriented education that meets the demands of the local and the European labour market. Lectures and seminars are held in German, Italian and English.[1] The only exception is the Faculty of Education, which offers German, Italian and Ladin language speaking students separate training sections. The university offers study programmes ranging from bachelor's degrees to doctorates.

The emphasis of teaching is to provide theoretically sound and practice-orientated training. A large proportion of educational activities take place as seminars, lectures given by guest speakers, practical training and workshops. Within the framework of the academic exchange program students are encouraged to spend one or more semesters at universities abroad.


The university has three campuses: at Bolzano, Brixen and Bruneck. The buildings in Bolzano were designed by the architects Matthias Bischoff and Roberto Azzola[2] of Zurich[3] and those at Brixen by Regina Kohlmeyer and Jens Oberst from Stuttgart. The latter won in 2005 the 9th architecture prize of the city of Oderzo.[4]


The rectors of the university have been Alfred Steinherr, an economist from Luxembourg, from 1998 to 2003, the Swiss linguist Rita Franceschini, from 2004 to 2008, and the German sociologist Walter Lorenz, from 2008.[5]

School of Economics

The School of Economics and Management is based at Bozen-Bolzano and Bruneck-Brunico. It offers three bachelor and two master's degree programs.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is in Brixen-Bressanone and the following courses are active:

Faculty of Computer Science

The Faculty of Computer Science is based in Bozen-Bolzano and has the following courses:

Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology has the following active courses:

Faculty of Design

The Faculty of Design and Art offers the following courses:

European Master Programmes

The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is very active in this way and is amongst the research centers recognized by the European Union as a leader in this program. There are three European Master Programmes in the area of computer science running in this university, under Erasmus Mundus Programme:

Studium Generale

Since 2011 there has been a Studium Generale (multidisciplinary) course, which offers a wide range of lectures in fields of general interest.[6]


According to the numbers provided on the website, 275 research projects have been conducted within the university since 1998.[7]


According to library ranking system issued by German library networks (BIX project) in 2009, this university has the second best library amongst German-speaking states (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Tyrol in Italy).[8]

Students activities


See also


  1. Nickenig, Christoph. "Perspektiven der Sprachausbildung an einer mehrsprachigen Universität." Bi- and Multilingual Universities: European Perspectives and Beyond. Conference Proceedings Bolzano-Bozen, 20–22 September 2007
  2. Progetti delle tre sedi
  3. Christine Plieger-De Biasi, Thomas Simma, Freie Universität Bozen – Libera Universita di Bolzano – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The Architecture Competition for the Main Site, Vienna-Bolzano, Folio, 1998. ISBN 978-3-85256-105-9
  4. IX Premio architettura Oderzo
  5. "Lub, Lorenz è il rettore. Con 6 voti batte Fedrizzi". 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  6. STOL: Parte lo Studium Generale
  7. Mission and numbers
  8. "The library ranking according to BIX Project"
  9. sh.asus | Südtiroler Hochschülerschaft | associazione studenti universitari sudtirolesi. (2013-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  10. Open Access Digizeitschriften
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