Parthenope University of Naples was established in 1919, when – at the request of Vice Admiral Leonardi Cattolica, founder of the University – an institute of higher education, the “Regio Istituto Superiore Navale” (Royal Higher Maritime Institute), was set up with the aim of studying the oceans and the seas, not only from the point of view of marine physics and biology but also as systems of transport, trade and cultural exchange. The institute was therefore meant to tackle, assess and evaluate economic issues related to the sea by pursuing scientific development.
In 1999, the two long-standing Faculties of Economics and Nautical Science (later called Science and Technology) were reorganized and extended with three newly established faculties, i.e., Law, Engineering and Sports Sciences, which jointly brought the Institute significant growth in the number of students - from approximately 1,000 in 1985 to approximately 16,000 to date. The Institute thus officially had its denomination changed to “Parthenope University of Naples”. From July 2013, a new set of graduation curricula was introduced, and a department-based organization was introduced to further develop both research and teaching activities. Among the university’s core missions are the promotion, development, direct application, enhancement and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society.
In the one hundred years since its foundation, the most profound and characterizing trait of this university has remained unchanged as its most authentically traditional feature: the ability to interact with the social context and to continuously engage with evolving demands
The research mission of Parthenope University is to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most daunting challenges. People at Parthenope share ideas, abilities, competences and technology to find answers to scientific questions and tackle research challenges. Parthenope’s research efforts are enhanced through creative collaborations with leading research institutes and consortia around the world.
Parthenope’s research activity is focused on the following main topics of the ERC domains.
At Parthenope, all the departments support the presentation of projects and initiatives that promote the technological transfer of research results in a context of increased national and international competitiveness.
The research of each department contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge, technologies and policies to respond to the main challenges of society. The research lines promote scientific experimentation and industrial application, developing relationships with the world of production and work and with public and private institutions. For detailed information about the organization and activities at Parthenope you can download our brochure by clicking here