||The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as Higher Institute of Social Sciences; in 1972 the Institute became a private university, and in 1982 a state university. The University has seven Faculties (in order of foundation): Sociology, Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Economics, Law, Arts and Philosophy, Engineering, Cognitive Sciences, and a School of International Studies. It offers 28 undergraduate programmes, 27 Master’s programmes, 23 Research Doctorate Programmes and other postgraduate programmes. The strengths of the University are: - opportunities for students to gain international experience through periods of study abroad and internships; - Trento is a town for students and the university is small, so that students have close contact with teachers. The facilities are modern and comfortable, the services designed to meet the needs of students; - The quality of education and research is high. The CENSIS - an Italian institute which researches the main aspects of the Italian socio-economic system - publishes an annual ranking of all the Italian universities in which Trento always performs well.