The University of Palermo was founded in 1806, and since then it has became more and more relevant in the field of  higher education, research and innovation. Since 1990s, it has focused on  the internationalisation of its educational activities, taking part in European funding  programs, related to student and staff mobility, such as Erasmus Plus, as well as in the field of research, such as Horizon 2020. Many  goals have been reached, which can be summarised as follows:

* No. 64 degree courses;

* No. 59 Master degree course;

* No. 28 joint master degree

* No. 40.000 enrolled students;

* No. 250 subjects tought in English language;

* No. 600 international mobility projects approved;

* No. 31 mobility projects funded by Erasmus Plus.

Furthermore, today the greatest challenge is to create an European campus, suitable for physical and virtual mobility, that will be established among 7 European universities, with the aim of boosting the Hei attractivity, strengthening innovation in Hei, encouraging students and staff mobility,  improving multilinguistic skills and, last but non least, sharing best practices. This dream will come true thanks, in particular, to the Forthem alliance.


The seat of the Rectorate of the University of Palermo is situated in Piazza Marina, which is one of the largest squares in Palermo. where “Giardino Garibaldi”, designed in 1863 by Giovan Battista Basile, offers the biggest Ficus magnolioides in Europe. The garden is surrounded by an iron fence, finely decorated with animals and arrows.

Palazzo Chiaramonte, known as the "Steri",  is one of the symbolic places of the city of Palermo. Elegant and solemn, the building is enriched by splendid colonnades and beautiful mullioned windows. Dating back to 1320, it was the home of Manfredi I Chiaramonte, count of the powerful fief of Modica. Between 1468 and 1517 it hosted the Spanish viceroys and between 1601 and 1782 it was the seat of the Inquisition Court, a period in which the palace was adapted to its role with the construction of prisons on the lower floor of the building.

After being the seat of the Court and the Customs, a long season of abandonment and building abuse, it was restored in the 70s by the architects Carlo Scarpa and Roberto Calandra and is now the seat of the Rectorate of the University of Palermo.


  1. Laura Auteri, Vice-rector for Education
  2. Vincenzo Fumetta, International Cooperation for Training and Education Office
  3. Valeria Floriano, Welcome Office for International Students


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