Naples, University of

Naples, University of,

at Naples, Italy; founded 1224; transferred to Salerno 1252 but returned to Naples 1258. It has faculties of law, economics, letters and philosophy, medicine, pharmacy, mathematics and natural sciences, political science, engineering, architecture, agriculture, and veterinary medicine.
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Naples, University of


one of the oldest Italian universities, founded in 1224 in Naples as the state university of the Kingdom of Sicily.

As of 1972 the University of Naples comprised faculties of medicine and surgery (17 institutes and 14 clinics); mathematics, physics, and natural sciences (15 institutes, including biology and genetics, experimental physics, theoretical physics, physics of the lithosphere, and mathematics); pharmacy; engineering (29 institutes, including aerodynamics, aircraft construction, shipbuilding, machine building, applied geology, electrochemistry, electrical engineering, and applied mechanics); architecture (ten institutes); agriculture (11 institutes); veterinary medicine (six institutes); law; economics; and philosophy and letters. The library, founded in 1615, has more than 800,000 volumes. During the academic year 1972–73 the university had a student body of more than 40,000 and a faculty of 3,000, including about 200 professors.

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