dSEA History

dSEA is a Public Institution and possesses ‘Department’ Status within the University of Padova (UNIPD). dSEA, considered a ‘Department’ in the University context, enjoys substantial autonomy comparable to that of a Business School. dSEA is committed to achieving excellence in the three macro areas of Teaching, Research, and Third mission.

Establishment: The Department of Economic Sciences “Marco Fanno”(DSE - dSEA’s name before 2011) was established in 1989 to underpin the relevance of Economics within UNIPD. Its establishment recognized the growing role of economic sciences in society and was strongly supported by the local business stakeholders.

Recruitment Strategy: in 1997, DSE started to implement a faculty recruitment program, and priority went to profiles that had a robust research background. Faculty numbers increased from an initial 8 to its current size of 93 members.

Physical spaces: The opening of Levi Cases and Cà Borin buildings in 1997 and Via Bassi building in 2002 helped the Department to add a structural dimension to its functioning. The new buildings served to pioneer “in-house” student services such as “international relations”, “stage & placement” and “orientation & tutoring”;

Harmonization to Bologna process: in 1999, a three-cycle system of 3+2+3 harmonized the learning outcomes, in line with the Bologna process. DSE commenced a PhD Program in 2000 and also initiated a professional & international master’s programs.

Internationalization: DSE adopted a new internationalization principles in 2001. The new strategy sought to increase the number and range of foreign partners, summer schools new foreign exchange programs (China), and double degrees. A visiting professor program increased incoming professors while new agreements with universities outside Italy increased the number of incoming and outgoing students.

Structural reform: The national university reform n. 240, in 2010, sought to streamline research and teaching activity. Subsequently, DSE to form the Department of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno” (dSEA) from DSE in 2011.

Department of Excellence: In 2018, in recognition of its significant teaching and research achievements, MUR identified dSEA as a “Department of Excellence” and allocated an additional budget of €7.4 million for five years.

Technology adoption (TEL): In 2020, in response to COVID, dSEA created an enhanced learning environment for all its students, offering programs in online and blended learning. Since March 2020, dSEA has offered online classes to more than 3000 students.

First Female Head of Department (HoD): In 2021, dSEA elected Paola Valbonesi as its first female HoD.

Excellent research achievements: ANVUR in 2022 released the results of the last research quality assessment (VQR 2015-19)., This showed that 33% of our publications were classified as "A" and 68% of dSEA publications were classified as A+B. In 2022, the Standardized Departmental Performance Indicator (ISPD), used to rate Italian public university departments, ranked dSEA in the top 15 departments in Italy in the subject area of Economics, Management, and Statistics, with the highest score possible (100/100). This confirmed that dSEA is qualified to receive the Departments of Excellence grant 2023-27.