Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, founded in 1088, is one of the largest in Italy (with more than 83,000 enrolled students). It is organized in a multi-campus structure (5 campuses based in Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini and one advanced studies centre in Buenos Aires) with over half a million square meters of floorspace. Graduate studies are organized in more than 200 degree programmes, including international programmes and 53 PhD programmes for 1800 PhD students. More than 50 Professional Master courses are being currently held, carried out in close contact with the professional and industrial world. University of Bologna is also the most international of Italian universities.
University of Bologna is one of most active Italian universities in research and technology transfer and stands out for the breadth of its competencies and its ability to attract European funding for research. University of Bologna is a scientific, educational and ethical institution which represents a socio-economic and cultural driving force for the territory it operates in: it is the primary research partner for the Emilia-Romagna region and for the regional branch of "Confindustria", the Confederation of Italian industry. With 7 Interdepartmental Centers for Industrial Research University of Bologna takes part in the Emilia-Romagna Technopoles (employing 1600 researchers) which are co-funded by the 2007-2013 ERDF ROP with 241 M€ investment and build upon the Regional High-Technology Network (45 industrial research laboratories and innovation centres, organized in thematic platforms, including ICT). The technopoles will support technology transfer laboratories/projects and spin-off creation facilities, which will promote the development of new high-tech enterprises.