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Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Motto Quid est homo? (What is man that thou are so mindful of him')
Established 1996
Rector Prof. Luigi Maria Verzé
Location Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Sports teams CUS Milano (
Affiliations San Raffaele Hospital

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Italian: Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele) is a university located in Milan, Italy. It was founded in 1996 and is organized in 3 Departments.


History and Profile

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was first established in 1996 with the department of Psychology stemming from the Department of Cognitive Science founded by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini in 1993. The program follows the general-cognitive and the experimental-clinical lines of thought.

The San Raffaele College and University was fundamentally born as an off-spring of an internationally renown research hospital structure, where students attend basic research laboratories in many research fields, including neurology, neurosurgery, diabetology, molecualar biology, AIDS studies among others. It has expanded since then to include research fields in Cognitive Science and Philosophy. Among the issues that are being studied in this university, beside clinical issues, are: philosophy of science, perception, biolinguistics, generative grammar and vision. San Raffaele University is a private university but all the professors teaching there do have the same status as public university professors and must have undergone a national selection as all other university professors in the country, such as the case of the Università Cattolica or the Bocconi University in Milan.

The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery proposes courses in Medicine and Surgery and in Biotechnology, both with strong scientific connotations, where the students go on ward rounds from their very first year. Moreover the University Courses in Nursing and in Physiotherapy offer advanced teaching together with intense practical clinical training. In addition to these courses the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University also houses a number of Medical Training Programmes.

From 1999 a new Department has been created: the Department of Philosophy.





  • Degree Course in Psychological Sciences
  • Advanced Degree Course of Clinical Psychology
  • Advanced Interdepartmental Degree Course in Cognitive Neuroscience (including dept. of Medical Studies and Philosophy)
  • Degree Course of Sciences of Communication


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