From the Republic to the present day
Today the Normale is an internationally recognised place of research and training, a place where the talent, merit and ability of its students represent founding values and where gender, social provenance, economic condition and religious or political beliefs have no influence over study course or research pathway, in the total respect for freedom and rights befitting a community of liberal and democratic study.
The Normale is today a Scuola that rewards the talent, merit and potentialities of its students regardless of their social provenance and their preceding study career. Its aim is to guarantee a broad cultural training and the development of a critical spirit and scientific rigour, so as to provide an academic or professional career for aware and actively participating students.
Of fundamental importance, too, are the relationships and collaborations that the Scuola has achieved in the last few decades with the principal national and international university and research institutions, facilitating the mobility of students and teaching staff and their participation in integrated courses and research programmes.
The Scuola of today began to take shape with the law of 7th March 1967 that created the Scuola Normale Superiore di studi universitari e di perfezionamento, (the Scuola Normale Superiore for university and postgraduate studies) initially dependent on the University of Pisa but soon to gain autonomy.
The Statute of 1969 defined the new educational framework of the Scuola and its profile of Institute of Scientific Higher Education: in particular, the Scuola witnessed a sizeable increase in the internal teaching body, the foundation and strengthening of the research structures and an increase in the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Finally, the law of 18th June 1989 recognised the equivalence of the Scuola’s post-graduate diploma to that of PhDs issued by Italian universities.
In the academic year 2014/2015 the teaching curriculum for the postgraduate courses was expanded thanks to the merger with the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) (the Institute of Human Sciences, SUM) of Florence, now named the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Normale, which in 2019 extended its study curriculum to undergraduate courses, for which there are now calls for places available for the fourth year.
In 2018 the Normale was federated with the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and with the IUSS – the University Institute of Advanced Studies in Pavia - to offer new educational opportunities that would integrate the skills and study courses of the three institutions.