Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome

SAPIENZA University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings. Since its founding, SAPIENZA has played an important role in Italian history and has been directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. It has contributed to the development of Italian and European science and culture in all areas of knowledge.

The main campus is situated close to the city centre, and is the largest in Europe - a real city within a city where teaching activities are integrated with libraries, museums as well as comprehensive student services. Faculties and Departments also carry out their activities in decentralized locations in different parts of the city. There are two other university campuses elsewhere in the region around Roma.

With over 125,000 students, 4,000 professors and nearly as many administrative and technical staff, SAPIENZA represents a vast knowledge community. The University offers a vast array of courses including 290 degree programmes, over 74 PhD courses, 200 one to two year professional courses and 121 Specialization Schools in Medicine and Health, run by 63 Departments, 11 Faculties. There are 59 libraries and 21 museums, as well as comprehensive student services, such as the info-points Ciao and Hello (the welcoming centre for foreign students), SoRT (Counselling and tutorship services) and assistance for disabled students.

Some 8,000 foreign students are regularly enrolled at SAPIENZA. In addition to this, there are over 1,100 incoming and outgoing Exchange students per year, thanks to several mobility programmes.

The University has implemented ICT services for students, such as online enrolment, University email addresses and wireless hotspots around campus. SAPIENZA is the only Italian university, along with Bologna Alma Mater, to be included in International university rankings. The University has an annual budget of 1billion euros, one of the most important in the region.

It is in every regard a research and teaching university: SAPIENZA carries out outstanding scientific research in most disciplines, achieving impressive results both on a national and international level.

SAPIENZA also enhances research by offering opportunities to academia on a global scale. Thanks to a special programme for visiting professors, many foreign researchers and lecturers periodically visit the University and contribute greatly to the quality of education and research programmes.

The Molecular Photonics Laboratory (MPL) of the Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering of SAPIENZA is operating in the field of organic nonlinear optics and integrated optics since more than fifteen years. The group has got several collaborations with European universities and research institutes, including Fraunhofer Institut (D), Politecnico of Torino (I), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH), and others. MPL more recently entered the field of Biophotonics and after five years experience is now coordinating the EU FP7 STREP project BILOBA – Bloch surface electromagnetic wave bio-sensors for early cancer diagnosis 2012-15 (

Contact Person:

Prof. Francesco Michelotti


Sapienza University of Rome

Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering

Via Antonio Scarpa 16, 00161 Roma



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