The first 50 years of the University of Trento

The University of Trento was founded by Bruno Kessler in 1962 as a Higher University Institute for Social Sciences and, since then, the University has made great strides forward.

In 1972, the Faculty of Sciences was founded and, in 1973, after the University had become a “Libera University” (Free University), the Faculty of Economics was founded. In 1983, the “Libera Università” became a Public University, and in the next two years, three Faculties were founded: Humanities, Law and Engineering. The last Faculty to be founded was the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences in 2004.

The last change made was in 2012, when the Faculties and Research Departments were replaced by organisations that bring together teaching and research: they are 11 Departments and 4 University Centres.

50 years are just the first step in a direction that offers great hopes for the future. There are many propositions for the future: to monitor and evaluate teaching and research in order to increase even more the level of competitiveness, to concentrate on the excellence of research and teaching, and to expand internationalisation.

To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the University organised a series of study and research events that retrace those years, beginning from the analysis and the story of the University’s origins, using documentary sources. These events have been posted on a website: 50 years of Unitn and on a Facebook page.



since 2021 
Rector Flavio Deflorian Flavio Deflorian
2014 - 2021
Rector Paolo Collini Paolo Collini
2013 - 2014
Rector Daria de Pretis Daria de Pretis
Interim deputy Rector Aronne Armanini Aronne Armanini
2004 - 2013
Rector Davide Bassi Davide Bassi
1996 - 2004
Rector Massimo Egidi Massimo Egidi
1990 - 1996
Rector Fulvio Zuelli Fulvio Zuelli
1978 - 1990
Rector Fabio Ferrari Fabio Ferrari
1977 - 1978
Rector Ezio Clementel Ezio Clementel
1972 - 1978
Rector Paolo Prodi Paolo Prodi
1970 - 1972
Director Guido Baglioni Guido Baglioni
Director Norberto Bobbio Norberto Bobbio
1968 - 1970
Director Francesco Alberoni Francesco Alberoni
1962 - 1968
Director Mario Volpato Mario Volpato