City of Parma

Parma is an Italian city of 188,792 inhabitants, located in Emilia-Romagna region, halfway between Milan and Bologna. Parma, capital for more than three centuries of an important Duchy (“Duchy of Parma and Piacenza”, 1545-1859), has preserved numerous memories of its noble past.
A vital town rich in history, art and culture, Parma has been shaped along the centuries by great painters and architects the likes of Antelami, Parmigianino and Correggio. Besides its delightful streetscape and historical centre, Parma can also boast outstanding modern architecture designed by Renzo Piano: the Barilla Center and the Auditorium Paganini, a former sugar factory converted into a concert hall.
Parma hosts the birthplace and museum of Arturo Toscanini, the House of Music and the Regio Theatre, opened in 1829 by Marie Louise of Austria, Giuseppe Verdi’s Festival.

Parma is the capital of the so-called “Food Valley”: the city specializes in the food sector and food-related industry; the local food industry consists of handicraft firms, small enterprises and big industries. The food industry has solid roots in the local culture; pork products, cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano), black truffle, porcino mushroom and wines are the most famous products.
Since 2004 Parma hosts the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the EU’s leading authority for risk assessment regarding food and feed safety.

University of Parma

The University of Parma is one of the oldest universities in the world. From the Middle Ages to the present days, its history has developed over the centuries and currently is one of the most well-known universities in Europe. The size of the University of Parma (32,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year and about 980 teaching staff units and 950 administration staff units) and the Parma lifestyle attract a large number of students from all over Italy.

Since 2012, the University is organised in 18 departments and offers 35 first-cycle degrees, 38 second-cycle degrees (2 fully taught in English), 6 single-cycle degrees, 17 first-level University Masters’, 20 second-level University Masters’ and 35 Research Doctorates (PhDs). The University various Campuses allow students to study in comfortable, efficient and well-equipped structures, near green areas. The University Campuses are:

  • Campus of Science and Technology
  • Campus of Human Sciences
  • Campus of Medical Sciences

Top level research is a must at the University of Parma. The University research teams excel on many different fields: from food and agriculture to biotechnologies, from innovative medications to experimental medicine, including law, economics and arts.
Among the most important discoveries, the “mirror neurons” by the department of Neuroscience and the research in information engineering about Intelligent Transportation Systems, that lead to Intelligent vehicles.

City of Parma

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University of Parma

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