On 26-27 October 2011, in the framework of the ceremonies commemorating the 650th anniversary of the foundation of its Studium Generale, the University of Pavia was delighted to host the 2nd Coimbra Group Birthday Seminar.
Actually in those days a happy coincidence of two birthdays was celebrated, i.e. the birthday of the Studium Generale which started its activity in Pavia on 27 October 1361 and the birthday of the Coimbra Group, the association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard, which was conceived at a meeting in Louvain on 25 October 1985.
The theme of the Seminar “Collegiate learning in middle ages and beyond” was suggested by the University of Pavia, one of the few universities in Europe still having a large number of colleges attached to them.
The 2nd Coimbra Group Birthday Seminar offered an opportunity to overview the variety of cases and to outline the historical role of colleges, and more generally of college-like institutions, in ancient universities, most of which belonging to the Coimbra Group.
Historians and representatives from colleges presented, in a diversified and colourful way, the richness of interpretations of the role of colleges in European universities from the middle ages to the present time. This volume collects all the presentations.