Bologna has a medieval flavour, a modern University with 100,000 students, and excellent traditions in food and hospitality.

The University of Bologna was the first University in the western world. Its history is one of great thinkers in science and the humanities, making it an indispensable point of reference in the panorama of European culture. The institution that we today call the University began to take shape in Bologna at the end of the eleventh century; in the nineteenth century a committee of historians, led by Giosuè Carducci, attributed the birth of the University to the year 1088.

Bologna is also the homeland of one of the most important pioneers of radio communications: Guglielmo Marconi. He was born in Bologna in 1874 and in his father's home on the hills next to the city he started his experiments with electromagnetic waves, with the aim of signalling across space without wires. His first wireless telegraphy experiments culminated in 1895, when he managed to send signals over a distance of 2 km, beyond a hill situated between the transmission and the reception apparatus, marking the beginnings of radiocommunications.

Since the introduction of Electronics studies at University of Bologna, Telecommunications Engineering has represented an active and rich research area within the Faculty of Engineering. The Research Groups which operate in this area have been awarded several recognitions for cutting edge scientific results, published on prestigious international journals. Research activities are developed in the framework of cooperations with Italian or foreign academic research groups, and major industries like Telecom Italia, STMicroelectronics, Thales Communications, Infineon and many others. They are involved in several important European projects and NoEs (Networks of Excellence) in the Telecommunication area, such as Newcom++, eDiana, COST2100, and others.

Today, in this brilliant context, interested students are offered an international programme entirely taught in English, to learn from the past and become an active part of the future of ICT (Information and Communications Technologies).

The town offers all attractions of large cities (like theaters and other) while its size (less than 300,000 inhabitants) provides a feeling of provincialism. One hour by train from Venice, Florence, Milan, and less than two hours by flight from all major European cities.

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