Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a private non per profit university and one of the most prestigious Italian universities always at the top of the most important national rankings for quality of education.
It was inaugurated in 1996 with the opening of the Faculty of Psychology and soon followed by the Faculty of Medicine in 1998, and by the Faculty of Philosophy in 2002. Since its establishment, the University has been characterized by a strong integration of teaching and research in each of its facets: basic, philosophical and social.
The mission of Vita-Salute San Raffaele is to answer to the question Quid est homo? strongly believing that the human kind is biologically, psychologically and spiritually unique.
Its uniqueness lies in the full integration of research, practical activities and teaching that has characterised its degree programmes from the beginning also thanks to its close relation with the San Raffaele Research Hospital, one of 18 health institutions of the San Donato hospital group.
This allows the university to offer its students an unrivalled learning experience.
Excellence has always guided the university and has brought to the choice of admitting a limited number of students, through rigorous entrance examinations, in order to guarantee an effective working relationship between the teaching staff and students.
Everything takes place in a setting intended to foster the holistic growth of students with personalised curricula, a close student-teacher dialogue, the development of the ability to analyse one’s own field and to care for others, the habit of staying up-to-date and reflecting on delicate contemporary topics (death and suffering, bioethics, environmental ethics, business, politics, etc.) and a course curriculum that is able to balance learning requirements with the need to pay attention to personal inclinations and vocations.