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Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Bonifacio VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world, as well as the School of Engineering, established in 1817. 

La Sapienza consistently ranks in the top positions in the national and international university rankings for research and teaching, combining tradition and innovation. Since its foundation it has played a significant role in Italian history and has been directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. 

The university’s scientific facilities are organized into 7 faculties and 61 departments. In 2019 Sapienza is the first university in Italy for number of ERC Advanced Grants won by its researchers, with a total of 48 grants in the last ten years. The international activity includes in the last 10 years 201 European projects, 69 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions and 314 patents. Seven eminent scholars of Sapienza have been awarded the Nobel Prize. 


The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) focuses its scientific and educational activities on the complex and articulated issues of architectural and urban design, of civil engineering and environmental engineering and is characterized by the breadth of its disciplinary spectrum. The department holds 61 professors, 22 research fellows, in addition to laboratory technicians and administrative staff. The research activity is supported by nine laboratories.  

DICEA participates in three interdepartmental research centres and hosts a spin-off; it receives funding from the European Union, the Ministry of Education, University and Research, and other public bodies and administrations; promotes and develops training, research and counselling activities, also through contracts and agreements, with public and private institutions and bodies. 

The experimental approaches used are to a large extent interdisciplinary, as increasingly required by the complexity of the problems faced and methodological innovations. To this end, the coexistence in the Department of a wide range of specific competences, related to the different disciplinary areas, is of great importance.

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