The Venue

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of  Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning: a multi-disciplinary university which aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

The University at a glance


  • Founded in 1222
  • One of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning
  • multidisciplinary university, aiming at providing its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background
  • Off-campus sites
  • A budget of over 603 million euro
  • 60 million euro / year for research (external and internal)
  • 61,000 students


  • Over 1,400 doctoral candidates
  • 12,184 graduates each year
  • 2,054 professors & researchers
  • 2,227 technical & administrative staff
  • 43 Research and Service Centres
  • 14 Halls of Residence
  • 16 University Canteens


  • 32 Departments
  • University Hospital
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Experimental Farm
  • School of Excellence
  • 1 Museum Centre
  • 1 Library Centre

Rector of the University of Padua

Rosario Rizzuto, MD PhD, is Professor of General Pathology. He was Director of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and member of the University Senate of the University of Padua (Italy).

He was elected as the Rector of the University on October 1st 2015.

Rosario Rizzuto

Professor of General Pathology
Rector of the University of Padua