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UniGe: Encouraging critical thinking in an international setting

May 31, 2023

Its pride and honor may be deeply rooted in its long history, but the University of Genoa in the northern region of Liguria, has gained global recognition for its excellence in education, innovation and research.

University of Genoa Vice President for International Affairs and Deputy Chancellor Fulvio Mastrogiovanni

Founded in 1481, UniGe offers undergraduate programs in different disciplines such as engineering, medicine, law, economics and humanities, as well as post-graduate degrees in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and environmental science, among others.

Receiving an average of 800 applications every year until recently, UniGe handled around 15,000 applications in 2022 and has seen a steady increase in the number of applications from foreign students.

“Approximately 10% of our (over 32,000) students are international and this year, they numbered more than 3,000,” said Vice President for International Affairs and Deputy Chancellor Fulvio Mastrogiovanni.

As UniGe gets more applications from Asia, particularly from Japan, it has developed double degrees in tandem with Japanese universities, including an MSc in robotics engineering, and formed partnerships with local cultural institutions to enhance the experience of its Japanese students.

“The number of Japanese students has increased because of two factors: the presence of The Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art, which is one of the most important museums of Japanese culture in Italy; and Genoa’s rebranding as an international city, which attracts students who want to understand and study Italian culture,” he said.

“The goal of the university as a cultural institution is to teach future generations about universal principles and skills. As an educator, my ultimate goal is to push people to always question and think critically,” he added.

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