Italy today is among the 8 most industrialized countries and has a healthy network of industries in various fields. It is the only country that contains two smaller states within its limits: The Roman Catholic Vatican State and San Marino. Academically, Italy also holds a special place as one of the four founding countries of the Bologna Declaration, which has now been implemented across Europe.
The degree of the first cycle or Laurea, takes place in three years and includes theoretical and applied arts. The second degree or Laurea Specialista is equivalent to two years and equals to a postgraduate course. Ph.D. degrees from Italy have a special allure because of the especially high level of education offered by higher institutions in the country. The 58 state universities have full autonomy, while the 17 private universities, when they are fully accredited by the Ministry of Health, have equal legal value.
The best universities in Italy
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Politecnico di Milano