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The most important events that have marked the history of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
  • Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena


    Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo establishes the Conservatorio Sant'Anna inside a fourteenth-century Benedictine monastery dedicated to Sant'Anna, the current headquarters of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

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    The "Mussolini College for Corporate Sciences" and the "National Medical College" are founded in Pisa. Both institutions are annexed to the Scuola Normale Superiore.

  • ex collegio Pacinotti


    The "Antonio Pacinotti College" is established to accommodate students of the Faculty of Economics, Engineering and Agriculture.

  • 1967

    Italian Law 7 March 1967, n.111: institution of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, from the fusion of the colleges of Pisa and organized in the disciplinary areas "Social Sciences" and "Applied and Experimental Sciences"

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    Italian Law n.41 of 14 February 1987: Sant'Anna School of Pisa becomes part of the Italian university system as a special-order university.

  • Francesco Donato Busnelli

    1987 – 1993

    Francesco Donato Busnelli - The first Director of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

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    Scienzia Machinale srl is founded, the first spin-off of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. The reference sector is medical robotics

  • Master Management


    With the Master in Innovation Management, Professional Master’s programmes become part of the educational offer of the School

  • Varaldo

    1993 – 2004

    Riccardo Varaldo – Director

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    Launch of the LINK Project, an example of advanced public-private collaboration in the area of technology transfer in the territory, which led to the creation of the Sant'Anna Valdera Pole in 2002.

  • Sede Istituto Biorobotica


    The School receives as a donation from Piaggio, on interest of Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, an area of 6,600 square meters where the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera will be built, an example of territorial innovation in collaboration between universities, indust

  • Sede Istituto Biorobotica


    Inauguration of Polo Sant'Anna Valdera, a vanguard structure for research and training in high-tech sectors. Start relocation and expansion of research facilities in the logic of the research university

  • Lauree magistrali


    Institution of Master's degrees in agreement with other Italian universities

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    Opening of Palazzo Toscanelli, new headquarters in close proximity to the historic building where the main administrative offices, research laboratories and teaching rooms are located.

  • Paolo Ancilotti

    2004 – 2007

    Paolo Ancilotti – Director

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    Opening of the Research Center of Excellence in the Engineering of Communications and Information Engineering in the CNR area of San Cataldo, a new hub of research and advanced training with an area of 5,000 square meters.

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    Opening of a new location on Cardinal Maffi Street a short distance from the headquarters. An entire building with classrooms and offices for the activities of Higher training (university masters and advanced training courses).

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    2007 – 2013

    Maria Chiara Carrozza - Rector

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    Inauguration of the A. Faedo College, a new residence for ordinary course students managed together with the Scuola Normale Superiore. It is dedicated to the famous mathematician and politician Alessandro Faedo, one of the founding fathers of Sant'An

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    Opening of Palazzo Alliata, a new location in close proximity to the School's headquarters, home of the Institute of Management.

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    Inauguration of the Tiziano Terzani College, the result of the restoration of the Immacolatine complex, dedicated to the famous journalist and writer, former student of the School.

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    Establishment of the six Research Institutes: The BioRobotics Institute, Institute of Management, Dirpolis Institute, Institute of Life Sciences, Institute of Economics, TeCIP Institute.

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    2013 – 2019

    Pierdomenico Perata – Rector

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    The Sant'Anna School enters in the International Rankings

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    2019 – 2025

    Sabina Nuti - Rector

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    Establishment of the Talento all'Opera foundation, that identifies Sant'Anna School as ideal partner to support talent and merit

  • 2020

    By DL 76/2020, the Honours degree that the School awards at the end of of the Ordinary Courses is equated with a Level II university master's degree.

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    Signed the agreement with the Comune di Pisa for the transfer on free loan of the former convent of Santa Croce in Fossabanda, a very large complex and of enormous potential in which will rise, at the end of the renovation work, the new campus.

  • In Progress