University of Padua

About the institution

Established in 1222, the University of Padua is one of the world’s oldest higher education institutions. It is famous for its scientific golden age, which saw Galileo, Falloppio and Vesalius teach at the University.  Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first female Doctor of Philosophy, graduated during this time. Today, Padua is widely recognised as one of Italy’s leading research universities. Around 65,000 students are enrolled at Padua.

The University of Padua is located in a range of buildings around the historic centre of Padua, which is 40 kilometre or 25 miles West of Venice in the North-East of Italy. Like St Andrews, Padua is a historic university city, with strong links to the local community.

Our relationship

The links between Padua and St Andrews stretch back hundreds of years, including the studies of Archbishop Alexander Stewart (co-founder of St Salvator’s College) and the four-year research stay of James Gregory, later Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews and the inventor of the Gregorian telescope. In 2022, the two universities signed a strategic partnership agreement, building on strong research links across all disciplines.

St Andrews and Padua collaborate on a range of activities, including:

Padua-St Andrews strategic partnership

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