The history of the Ravenna Campus dates back to the end of the 1980s.
On 3 November 1986 the first decentralised secretariat of the University of Bologna opened its doors in Ravenna. This was followed, in 1988, by the opening of the ‘Scuola Diretta’ special school for Archivists, and 1989 saw the start of the first Academic Year of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, in the Aula Magna of Casa Matha: since then, a profound link has been forged between the city of Ravenna and the University of Bologna, in the period of its ninth Centenary. Indeed, it could be said that the nine-hundredth anniversary of the University of Bologna coincided with the growth of a spirit of decentralisation in Romagna, starting in Ravenna, with a strong commitment to the cultural and academic value associated with the creation of a Laurea Degree Course and a University Faculty outside the University’s home city.
In 2001 the Ravenna Campus was established as part of the University of Bologna’s Multicampus Project, designed to offer a broader range of educational options and create stable research opportunities in the region.
The main study options on offer in Ravenna reflect the area’s local traits and characteristics, including degree courses in Environmental Science, the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Corporate Law, Technologies for the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, and Civilisations of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as a number of related Masters degree courses.
The range of available courses has been expanded in recent years with the addition of the following degree courses: Territory Technician and Building Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, Nursing and Speech Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine, and Materials Chemistry and Ceramic Technologies at the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry in Faenza.