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University of Peradotto
Università di Peradotto
Emblem of Peradotto University
Pastanan: Academiae Peradottonis
Motto Profectus solum per sapientiam
Motto in Hallish Progress through wisdom alone
Type Public research university
Established c.6437
Chancellor The Duchess of Caldagno
Vice-Chancellor Sir Riccardo di Mandarino
Students 6,983 (7579/80)
Location Peradotto, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire
Campus University town
Colours      Peradotto Red

The University of Peradotto (Anisoran: Università di Peradotto; Pastanan: Academiae Peradottonis) is a public collegiate university located Peradotto, Grand Principality of Casella, Anisoran Empire. Founded in 6437, it is the second oldest university in Anisora, behind only the University of Valamaggiore, making it also one of the oldest surviving universities in Anaria. The university has an illustrious history, and has garnered a reputation as being not only the most prestigious university in Anisora, but one of the most prestigious in the world.

The university is formed of 33 constituent colleges and a larger range of academic departments and faculties. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure, traditions, and activities. It does not have a main campus, being a university town, and its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the town centre. Many of the college and university buildings are of historic and architectural significance, including most notably the Ex. Frode Library, Ex. Harbard Shrine, and the Cremona Museum.

Peradotto has educated a great many notable alumni, including eminent writers, mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, artists and foreign Heads of State around the world. To date Peradotto has educated countless Anisoran and foreign royals and peers, including 5 emperors, 9 Anisoran prime ministers, 4 Orkanan exemplars, and numerous other notables.

The current Chancellor of the university is Emmanuela di Caldagno-Torviano-Madorna, Duchess of Caldagno; and the current Vice-Chancellor is Sir Riccardo di Mandarino.

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History

Although the University's traditional date of foundation is around 6437, teaching had existed at the site for many centuries prior to this. The religious settlement of Perra formed the nucleus of this early teaching, however few specifics are known. Around 6437, the date is contested, the collection of schools that existed in the area were officially founded as the Academiae Peradottonis (literally, 'the Academies of Peradotto'1). The university was granted an imperial charter in 6472.

Organisation

Peradotto is a collegiate university comprising of 33 independent and self-governing colleges. Most colleges bring together academics and students from a broad range of disciplines, and within each faculty, school or department within the university, academics from many different colleges are found. Academic departments are located centrally within the structure of the university and are not affiliated with any particular college. Departments provide facilities for teaching and research, determine the syllabi and guidelines for the teaching of students, perform research, and deliver lectures and seminars. The colleges arrange the tutorial teaching of their undergraduate, and in some instances, postgraduate students.

The university is headed by the Chancellor, currently Her Grace the Duchess of Caldagno, who has her office at Palazzo Monferrato, in the centre of the town. The Chancellor is appointed by the Peradottan Chancellery and is the titular head of the university. The position has largely become ceremonial within the last century, with the Vice-Chancellor taking more of the formal duties of heading the university's central administration. The current Vice-Chancellor is Sir Riccardo di Mandarino. The Chancellery is the principal executive and policy-making body of the university and has its headquarters at the Senatus Academiarum (Senate of the Academies) building, also known by its Anisoran name simple as Il Senato.

Colleges

The colleges are independent and self-governing institutions occupying most of the town centre. Every academic and student is attached to a college, where they live and board during their studies. The colleges also provide other social and welfare facilities as well as provide certain types of undergraduate teaching, most commonly the supervision style teaching. These supervisions are normally conducted within the college grounds and comprise of a college fellow or amicus (literally 'friend', meaning a teacher not affiliated with a specific college), sometimes operating from another college, and a small group of students, often just one student. Each college appoints its own teaching staff and fellows, who are also affiliated with a specific university department, as well as the college.

Peradotto has 33 colleges, and to be a member of the university all students, and most academic staff, must also be a member of a college. Colleges are not required to offer all subjects to all students, with some colleges choosing not to offer certain subjects. Some colleges maintain a bias towards certain subjects, and others remain more balanced. For example, Folignano College traditionally leans towards history and the humanities, while Ex. Otto lean more towards the sciences and mathematics. Some colleges also maintain more informal reputations, such as Ex. Bernula and Casandrino Colleges being particularly associated with royalty and upper aristocracy, while Sorrentio College is known for its liberal politics.

The names of the colleges are given below in Hallish, with those Colleges named after exemplars taking the canonical Imperial Mellanhand Standard, although they are generally known by their Anisoran or Pastanan equivalent in Anisora itself. For example, Ex. Mathars College is known in Anisoran as Collegio di Esemplare Matteo.

The constituent colleges of Peradotto are as follows:

  • Acallo
  • Arrento
  • Ex. Arnald
  • Ex. Bernula
  • Briesca
  • Cambrello
  • Casandrino
  • Colombera
  • Dettoro
  • Dorrio
  • Ex. Felixian
  • Folignano
  • Ex. Forn
  • Ex. Frida
  • Ingulf Ingemarsson
  • Lamartina
  • Ex. Livia
  • Regina Maria
  • Ex. Mathars
  • Matrignano
  • Moratto
  • Nardovino
  • Ex. Otto
  • Parrone
  • Ex. Per Magnus
  • Ex. Semund
  • Sorrentio
  • Torzarolo-Arese
  • Valerio
  • Valpelina
  • Varenne
  • Ex. Vicktor
  • Ex. Wecka

Departments

There are a great number of academic departments, or 'faculties', which organise specific courses which undergraduates and postgraduates study. Each department usually operates from its own building complex, whether within the town itself, or around the site, although some small departments operate within a larger one. All academics are affiliated with an academic department, depending on their specialisation. Students will attend lectures and specific lessons and other teaching within the departments themselves, otherwise all other individual teaching, including the supervision, is down in their college.

The courses that the academic departments offer to undergraduates and postgraduates are as follows:

  • Anisoran Literature
  • Anisoran History
  • World History
  • World Literature
  • The Classics
  • Architecture
  • Anisoran and Pastanan Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Ancient Foreign Languages
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Theology
  • Engineering
  • Poetry and Oratory
  • Visual Arts
  • Geography
  • Warfare Studies
  • Stoldavian Studies
  • Southern Anarian Studies
  • Thultannian Studies
  • Law (Anisoran and Foreign)
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Music
  • Education

Peradotto also offers students the opportunity to combine two subjects, which compliment one another. For example, the most popular dual-honours degree is Anisoran History with Literature, although other options are possible.

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Traditions

Reputation

Notes

1 The convention to title Anisoran universities Academiae stems from this. Only universities recognised by the Emperor by special decree are named Academiae in the plural, whereas all other higher education institutions are called an Acadamia, in the singular.

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