Roma Tre University

Roma Tre University
Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Type Public
Established 1992
Endowment € 263.8 million (2012)[1]
Rector Prof. Mario Panizza
Administrative staff
Students 35,338[2]
Location Rome, Italy
41°51′43″N 12°28′47″E / 41.86194°N 12.47972°E / 41.86194; 12.47972Coordinates: 41°51′43″N 12°28′47″E / 41.86194°N 12.47972°E / 41.86194; 12.47972
Campus Urban
Colors Blue     [3]
Athletics R3 Sport[4]
Mascot Levriero Italiano
Affiliations CINECA

Roma Tre University[5] (Italian: Università degli Studi Roma Tre) is an Italian public research university located in Rome, Italy, with its main campus situated in the Ostiense quarter.

Founded in 1992 by the Ministry of Public Education, under the request of several professors of the Sapienza University of Rome, it was the third public university to be established in the metropolitan area of Rome. The university comprises 8 schools and 32 departments, enrolling 35,338 students[2] and having 1,370 academic and professional staff. At present, the university offers 54 undergraduate degree programs, 75 master's degree programs, 16 doctoral schools and five PhD programs. It is the second-largest university of Rome by enrollment and one of the largest research-based institutions in the country.


The idea of founding a third university in Rome was flagged in the middle 1980s when the Ministry of Public Education formed a committee of inquiry into higher education to deal with a perceived emergency in university enrollments in Rome. After much debate, a future campus location was selected in what was a semi-industrial part of the city and it was decided that the future university be named with a number in chronological order. Roma Tre University, was formally established in 1992 under the name Terza Università degli Studi di Roma (Third University of Rome). One of the milestones for Roma Tre, since its foundation, as well as a guideline for its development, was its incorporation in the surrounding area, characterised by the reclamation of old buildings and school premises, transformed into facilities for study and research.

Organization and administration

The Rector, the Vice Rector, the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors are the main governing bodies of the university, which are responsible for setting university policy and development strategy. The statute also provides for a University Executive Committee, the Students' Representative Council, the Council of Faculty Deans and a University Ombudsman.

The Rector is the official representative of the University. As well as calling and chairing meetings of the Academic Senate, the Board of Governors and the University Executive Committee, the Rector supervises the university's teaching, scientific and service structures, and gives appropriate guidance. The Rector also acts as ombudsman for the teaching and research autonomy of academic staff. The current Rector is Prof. Guido Fabiani.

International relations

Double degree agreements

The University has double degree agreements with:

International agreements

Roma Tre University holds a number of academic cooperation agreements with foreign universities, promoting professors, researchers and students mobility and exchange.

The global partnerships include the University of Brasilia, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Passo Fundo, the University of Talca, the University of Valparaíso.

International networks

Roma Tre University takes part into a series of international university networks that share the task of promoting cooperative activities in diverse fields and seek to create a European area of communal higher education.

The association groups and networks of which Roma Tre University is a member are:



Admission to the University is restricted and competitive. Every School offers a limited number of places for each program, and admissions are regulated by an entrance examination delivered by the University Admissions Committee.


The primary objective of the 8 schools of Roma Tre University is to define, organise and connect the academic activities of the degree courses:

Astre School of Advanced Studies

The Astre School of Advanced Studies[16] is the university superior graduate school for particularly motivated students. Roma Tre University has established, among the others, an exchange agreement within the School's program with the University of California, Berkeley.

Research centers

Other facilities


Roma Tre University is ranked:

The School of Economics is ranked in the top 25% institutions in Italy in the RePEc ranking.[29]

The School of Law is constantly ranked among the top-five in the country with a note of AAA (Censis-La Repubblica), mostly due to the selective entry test and to the small-size of the classes.

Student life

Student life at the University does not merely revolve around lectures and exams, as there is a diverse array of student activities. There are many student organisations organizing student exchange programmes throughout Europe.

Students elect their representatives (Student Vice-Dean and the Student Parliament) to coordinate various student activities, represent their interests in the Faculty bodies, participate in the evaluation of studies and the faculty, and secure the involvement and participation of students in all matters and issues of interest to them.


Every year, during the academic year opening ceremony, a distinguished public figure is invited to address the students with a lecture on a current global issue. Since the University foundation, there have been 5 Heads of state speaking at the ceremony. Past speakers include Antonio Ruberti, the 9th President of Italy Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, the 49th Prime Minister of Italy Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Leah Rabin, Shirin Ebadi, the member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, the 7th European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Philippe Busquin, the 264th Pope John Paul II, Kerry Kennedy, Marco Travaglio, the 6th President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell Fontelles, the 34th President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, the 11th President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano, the 52nd Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi.

Notable alumni and faculty

Notable alumni include: Andrea Alù, Alessandro Di Battista, Joseph Pace, Marco Lo Muscio, Raffaele Monti, Virginia Raggi, and Cinzia Giorgio. Among the prominent scholars who have taught at Roma Tre University include Pier Luigi Luisi, Pierangelo Garegnani, Paolo Leon Andrea Riccardi, Luciano del Castillo, Giorgio Melchiori, Giacomo Marramao, Mario De Caro, Roberto Cipriani, Vittorio Cotesta and Amos Luzzatto.


  1. "Roma Tre University – Financial Resources".
  2. 1 2 "Osservatorio - Didattica studenti" sul sito del MIUR
  3. "Roma Tre University – Identity Guidelines".
  4. "R3 Sport".
  6. "Number of places available - School of Law".
  7. "School of Architecture".
  8. "Federico Caffè School of Economics".
  9. "School of Education Sciences".
  10. "School of Engineering".
  11. "School of Law".
  12. "School of Law: an institutional overview".
  13. "School of Literature and Philosophy".
  14. "School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences".
  15. "School of Political Sciences".
  16. "Astre School of Advanced Studies".
  17. "Center for Italian and French Studies".
  18. "Interdepartmental Research Center for American Studies. Home page".
  19. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Education and Social Studies. Home page".
  20. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Evolutionary Ecology. Home page".
  21. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Institutional Economics homepgae".
  22. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Irish and Scottish Studies. Home page".
  23. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Political, Constitutional and Comparative Law Studies "Giorgio Recchia". Home page".
  24. "Interdepartmental Research Center for Somali Studies. Home page".
  25. "Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. Home page".
  26. "Palladium Theatre. Home page".
  27. "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities".
  28. "University Ranking by Academic Performance".
  29. "Ideas Ranking".
  30. "Roma Tre News".
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