University of Verona

The University of Verona is a public institution enrolling approximately 23,000 students in life sciences, computer science and socio-economic sciences and humanities and hosts 1,500 teaching and administrative/technical staff. The institution was founded in the Fifties and in 1982 it was established as autonomous State University. The institution is organized into 15 departments (Biotechnology; Business Administration; Computer Science; Economics; Foreign Languages and Literatures; Law; Life and Reproduction Sciences; Medicine; Neurological and Movement Sciences; Pathology and Diagnostics; Philology, Literature, and Linguistics; Philosophy, Education and Psychology; Public Health and Community Medicine; Surgery; Time, Space, Image, Society) and, in  addition, the school of Medicine and Surgery,  offering a total of 56 degree courses , 14 PhD courses, 41 specialization schools and several post-degree and master courses.

Research and project expertise

Almost 250 International cooperation agreements signed with EU and Non-EU Universities and the extensive participation to international exchange and research programs involving students and scholars, show the international vocation of our University.

The research activities at the University of Verona cover a wide spectrum of fields. In the previous Seventh Framework Project the University has successfully participated in more than 65 projects in sectors like Energy, Environment, Health, ICT, Biotechnology, Nanoscience, Technologies, Materials and new manufacturing, Security and Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities.

Moreover, the University – through its Liaison Office –  contributes to the local development promoting collaboration with companies, public and private bodies and non-profit organizations. The aim is  to support economic and social growth through innovation and the knowledge transfer. A dedicated funding program of collaborative research with non-academic partners started in 2005 and have been involving new technologies, research staff and university facilities.

The Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology

The Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology of the University of Verona is a multidisciplinary Unit focused on Human Sciences’ contribution to the quality of life and education. The Unit brings together different disciplinary and methodological competences from diverse research traditions in order to consider issues of vital importance to human life, such as primary relationships, gender, learning, cultural differences. Key-issues are addressed through multiple perspectives including theoretical and political analysis, experimental and fieldwork-observational research, and action-research.

The Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology of the University of Verona has a strong commitment to research and teaching on emerging topics involving individual life and human experience in the broadest sense. This engagement guides the Department to build systematic connections with community-based services, especially in the fields of education, health, social support, but also to take part in the public and scientific debate at national and international level, and strengthen international research and teaching cooperation.

The Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Philosophy, Education, and Organizational Training, and an interdisciplinary Doctoral course in Human Sciences. The Doctoral program provides students with research training in our main areas of interest: History of Ideas, Theory and Practices of Care, Gender and Cultural Studies, Child Development and Education, Training and Organizational Dynamics.


Rosanna Cima:

The team of the Verona university

Ph.D in Education, Associate professor at the University of Verona, focuses her research on parent support programs, with a particular interest for community-based parent support. She is currently engaged in studying how an effective involvement of vulnerable parents can improve social work with families and promote families’ and communities’ resources.

Chiara Sita

Ph.D in Education, Associate Professor at the University of Verona, focuses her research on methods of cultural mediation with migrant families; she is particularly interested in mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization, secondary victimization, theoretical abuse. She is project manager of the action-research “Multicultural analysis of care service”, by the European Union, Ministero dell’Interno, city of Verona; and co-project manager of the project “Care devices for the services related to women victims of trade and vulnerable women”.

Rosanna Cima

Maria has obtained her PhD in Gender Studies and Anthropology at the Centre d’Etudes féminines et Etudes de genre, Université de Paris8, and the University of Verona. She works on post-exotic ethnography and feminist epistemology from an anti-capitalist perspective, particularly in the fields of migration and social movements. She has carried out fieldwork in southern and north-eastern Italy. Together with Sandra Faith Erhabor, she teaches Italian in the ‘School for the free circulation of languages’ at Casa di Ramia. Maria Livia also collaborates with Rosanna Cima on a variety of research and educational projects, focusing especially on processes of care.

Maria Livia Alga