The University of Trento is one of the youngest Italian universities: founded in 1962 as a higher university institute for social sciences, it became the Faculty of Sociology with the aim of modernize a rather conservative and traditionalist society. In 1972 the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Sociali became the Libera Università degli Studi di Trento (a private university), which included a Faculty of Sociology, a Faculty of Sciences (awarding degrees in Mathematics and Physics), and a Faculty of Economics (awarding degrees in Political economics and Business studies).
UniTrento aims at recruiting young, enthusiastic, qualified and dynamic researchers: these are the main features which form the basis to drive the research guidelines of its departments and centres, towards new and interesting research issues.
UniTrento supports its research structures in a continuative manner, spanning from the planning phase to the drafting of the final financial report, through all stages of the increasingly complex and competitive process to access funding for research projects.
The Departments promote, coordinate and manage the University educational and research activities. Moreover they govern the relations with external authorities and institutions, fostering knowledge transfer.
The Departments pursue the accomplishment of interdisciplinary educational and scientific objectives and may be organized in different departmental areas.