In recent years, the University has undertaken a broad renewal of its degree programs and curricula, which prepare students to meet the demands of the labor market and to satisfy the needs for innovation expressed by employers in private and public sectors. For the third year in a row, the University of Perugia is among the top 500 institutions according to the Shanghai Jao Tong University ranking and it is the first in the Censis ranking of Italian large Universities. The European Commission has recently awarded the University the prestigious ECTS label for excellence in the application of the European credit transfer system in all degree programs – first and second cycles and single cycle – confirming the high quality of our expanded international endeavors. Thanks to a recent agreement, Chinese students who attend Italian courses at University for Foreignes in Perugia within the “Marco Polo” framework, have part of their studies recognized if they enroll in one of the courses offered by the University of Perugia. Concerning doctoral studies, the 17 Ph.D. programs cover all subject areas and are International, with one position reserved to non-Italian students.
There are agreements with 361 institutions of higher learning throughout the European Union, eligible for participation in the Erasmus program, and about 160 cooperation agreements with European and extra-European Universities, for the development of research and education. About 50 research groups have received grants from the European research network.
In 1355 Emperor Charles I granted Perugia the permanent right to have a University and to award degrees to students from all nations. In its seventh century of life, the University of Perugia is dedicated to two fundamental and complementary pursuits: state of the art scientific research and interdisciplinary education, both with a strongly international outlook.