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At the forefront of tradition

The SNS was founded in 1810 by Napoleon as a sister school of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, to provide a lay and high level preparation/education for future teachers, and thus create a new European cultural elite. Since its foundation, the Scuola has been continually striving to ensure the quality of research and teaching - which it considers intertwined - and to offer its students unique opportunities for intellectual growth and methodological awareness. In Italy the Normale was the first:

  • Scuola universitaria
  • Scuola di dottorato (1927)
  • Scuola di orientamento universitario (1967)