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Mission and history

The goals and history of the Collegio Superiore

The Collegio Superiore was founded in 1998 as the School of Excellence of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. It is a section of ISS - Istituto di Studi Superiori.

The Heads of Department

Andrea Battistini (1998.2001), Dario Braga (2001-2006), Paolo Leonardi (2006-2012), Luca Ciotti (2012-present).

Commissione di concorso (Selection Committee)

The Dean of the Commissione di Concorso (Selection Committee): Antonio Faeti (1998), Paolo Pombeni (1999, 2000), Dario Braga (2001), Paolo Leonardi (2002, 2003, 2004), Antonio Contestabile (2005, 2006), Giovanni Geraci (2007, 2008, 2009), Giovanni Perini (2010), Simone Martini (2011, 2012), Giovanni Perini (2013, 2014, 2015).


The Collegio Superiore aims to

  • attract outstanding students to the University of Bologna, encouraging their dedication to study and research;
  • create a workshop for innovative educational activities for the whole University;
  • promote the national and international image of the University of Bologna;
  • strengthen the relationship with International Institutions of Excellence and establish exchange programmes in order to facilitate training periods abroad;
  • attract private and public sponsors interested in investing in culture and a first-rate education.


The Collegio offers students:

  1. An excellent, interdisciplinary special education
  2. A University Professor as Tutor
  3. Exchange with other Italian and international Schools of Excellence
  4. Free lodging at the Residenza di Studi Superiori (only on motivated request for students resident in Bologna)
  5. An annual grant and exemption from University tuition fees

The Collegio requires its students:

  1. To perform at a high level in University courses (average grade of 28/30 and no grade below 24/30, all the exams within the academic year of reference)
  2. To perform at a high level in the Collegio Superiore special programmes
  3. To become involved in the activities of the Collegio Superiore






Governing bodies
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Private and public contributors
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