The Salesian Pontifical University (Italian: Università Pontificia Salesiana) is a pontifical university in Italy run by the Salesian order. It has three campuses, one in Rome, one in Turin and one in Jerusalem.
The Salesian Pontifical University is promoted by the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco and is canonically erected by the Congregation for Catholic Education with the decree of May 3, 1940 (Prot. N. 265/40) with the official title «Pontificio Ateneo Salesiano». The new title «Pontificia Studiorum Universitas Salesiana» (Salesian Pontifical University) was approved by Pope Paul VI with the Motu Proprio Magisterium vitae on 24 May 1973.
It consists of the following Faculties:
The Faculty of Theology
The Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Philosophy
The Faculty of Canon Law
The Faculty of Christian and Classical Literature
The Faculty of the Sciences of Social Communication
On 8 December 1986, a Department of Youth Pastoral and Catechetics was constituted by an agreement between the Faculties of Theology and Education. In 2012 the Faculty of the Sciences of Social Communication began to offer Catholic priests (who, by virtue of their priestly studies, possess a Bachelor’s degree in either Philosophy or Theology) a three-year Master’s Degree in Pastoral Communication that includes a one-year Bachelor’s in Communication.
On 10 October 2006, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in his first year as Cardinal Secretary of State, gave a homily there celebrating the opening of the new academic year.
The Salesian Pontifical University is an ordinary member of FIUC (Fédération Internationale des Universités Catholiques), FUCE (Fédération des Universités Catholiques Européennes) and EUA (Association Européenne de l’Université).