The University of Naples Federico II (Italian: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) is a public university in Naples, Italy. Naples Federico II is now organized into 26 departments. It was Europe’s first university dedicated to training secular administrative staff and is one of the oldest academic institutions in continuous operation.

The University of Naples Federico II was founded by the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Frederick II on 5 June 1224. It is the world’s oldest state-supported institution of higher education and research. One of the most famous students was Roman Catholic theologian and philosopher Thomas Aquinas.

Frederick II had specific objectives when he founded the university in Naples: first, to train administrative and skilled bureaucratic professionals for the curia regis (the kingdom’s ministries and governing apparatus), as well as prepare lawyers and judges who would help the sovereign to draft laws and administer justice. Second, he wanted to facilitate the cultural development of promising young students and scholars, avoiding any unnecessary and expensive trips abroad: by creating a State University, Emperor Frederick avoided having young students during his reign complete their training at the University of Bologna, which was in a city that was hostile to the imperial power.

The university has 13 faculties: Agriculture, Architecture, Biotechnology, Economics, Engineering, Law, Letters and philosophy, Mathematical, physical and natural sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Political sciences, Sociology, and Veterinary medicine.

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