Welcome from the Rector

Dear international students and professors,

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Catania.

The university, founded in 1434, is the oldest in Sicily, named as Siculorum Gymnasium or Studium Generale. Nowadays, with a population of over 45,000 students, it is the main university in Sicily.

Our main goal is to promote the diffusion of knowledge and educational technologies to ensure, encourage and accelerate the creation of a professional and entrepreneurial orientation inside the territory. To achieve this purpose, it is important that the university attracts students of the highest potential, locally and internationally, and delivers our students an excellent educational experience: by offering method, efficiency and efficacy, to increase the prestige of the institution and its attractiveness to students.

Therefore, our mission is to give all students, during their period at our university, high-quality teaching, innovation and research activities that make university a unique experience.

Accordingly, the Athenaeum plays a key role in the Mediterranean area, enhancing projects of cooperation and dialogue between cultures and promoting international networks among universities. In particular, the city of Catania has always played an active role in promoting cooperation and cultural exchanges for centuries, in the Mediterranean area and in Europe, within a strong and ever growing international community.

The university website is designed to help international students and professors, to present all the opportunities that our university and the city have to offer. Moreover, it provides a general description of the university and gives practical advices, useful in order to facilitate the exchange of cultural experiences in our academic community.

My personal goal to achieve is the maintenance of the tradition of the university, in order to offer high academic standards and educational programs, preparing all students with the skills and experiences needed for professional and personal success.

A warm welcome

Francesco Basile
Rector of the University of Catania


The Rector's Profile

He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1978. He achieved the certification in the same year, the specialization in General Surgery in 1983 and the specialization in Thoracic Surgery in 1988. From 1st November 1992 he is full professor of General Surgery.

On 1st February 2017 he was elected Rector of the University of Catania for the Academic session 2017/2023. He is in charge since the 8th February 2017.

Scientific and professional profile

His scientific interests mainly focus on the field of general surgery, involving both the clinical applications, the research and new technologies. During the most important experiences abroad – such as Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Department of Surgery at Harward Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, St. Mark’s Hospital in London – he had the opportunity to perform the most advanced surgical techniques and to develop prestigious scientific collaborations. He created, established and coordinated the first and the most innovative research doctorate in “Pathophysiology of the polytraumatized patient”. He also coordinated the following research doctorate in “Preoperative and Postoperative Pathophysiology in emergency general surgery”.

Scientific consultant for the Italian edition of the “Atlas of General Surgical Techniques” of the prestigious Medico-Surgical Encyclopedia (EMC)
Chief editor of “Updates in Surgery”, the official journal of the Italian Society of Surgery
Editorial board member of the scientific journal “Italian Annals of Surgery”
Member of the Scientific Committee  of “Bios&Law”, Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Research in Biomedicine and Biolaw

He is author of numerous clinical surgery textbooks, such as “La Chirurgia Mininvasiva del Torace e dell’Addome” (Elsevier Masson Editore, 2007) and “Manuale di Semeiotica e Metodologia Chirurgica” (Edra-Masson Editoire, 2014) which are used for Medicine and Surgery degree programs in Italy.

Other Assignments

  • From March 2013 to February 2017 he was President of the School of Medicine of the University of Catania
  • From November 2008 to May 2012 he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Catania
  • Since 1999 he is Director of the Unity of Clinical Surgery / Medical Director of II level at “Vittorio Emanuele” Hospital (AOU “Policlinico – Vittorio Emanuele in Catania)
  • Since 2005 he is Director of the Welfare Department of General Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialties at AOU “Policlinico – Vittorio Emanuele” in Catania
  • From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Health
  • Since 2016 he is component of the National Commission for the definition and the regulation of the essential levels of care in Italian National Health Service (LEAs) of the Ministry of Health
  • Since 2014 he is component of the Ethics Committee Catania 1 at “Vittorio Emanuele” Hospital (AOU “Policlinico – Vittorio Emanuele in Catania)
  • From 2013 to 2015 he was President of the Italian Society of Geriatric Surgery
  • From 2010 to 2012 he was Vice President of the Italian Society of Surgery
  • Since 2016 he is elected President of the Italian Society of Ambulatory Surgery and Day Surgery
Last updated: 
09/13/2017 - 11:20