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University of Calabria

University of Calabria
Università della Calabria
Established 1972
Type Public
Rector Prof. Gino Mirocle Crisci
Administrative staff
Students ca 35,000
Location Cosenza, Italy
Sports teams CUS Cosenza[1]
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Website Official website

The University of Calabria (Università della Calabria, UNICAL) is a state-run university in Italy. Located in Arcavacata, a hamlet of Rende in the suburb of Cosenza, the university was founded in 1972. Among its founders there were Beniamino Andreatta, Giorgio Gagliani, Pietro Bucci and Paolo Sylos Labini. It currently has about 35,000 students, 800 teaching and research staff and about 700 administrative staff.


The Campus of the University of Calabria was originally designed by Vittorio Gregotti and Dänen Martensson. The buildings are situated along a suspension bridge, which is currently 1.3 kilometres long. As in British and North-American campuses, students live in specific residential blocks near the University. The whole structure is swathed in greenery of hills near Arcavacata, a small village at 10 km from Cosenza, and Quattromiglia.


The University is organized in the following departments:

  • Archaeology and Art History Department
  • Cell Biology Department
  • Chemistry Department
  • Soil Protection Department “Vincenzo Marone”
  • Ecology Department
  • Statistics and Economics Department
  • Electronics, IT and Systemics Department
  • Pharmacy and Biology Department
  • Philology Department
  • Philosophy Department
  • Physics Department
  • Chemical Engineering and Materials Department
  • Linguistics Department
  • Mathematics Department
  • Mechanics and Management Engineering Department
  • Engineering Modelling Department
  • Territory Planning Department
  • Business Science Department
  • Pharmaceutical Science Department
  • Law Science Department
  • Education Science Department
  • Earth Science Department
  • Political Science and Sociology Department
  • History Department
  • Structures Department

Academic collaborations and Internationalisation

Since its very beginning the University of Calabria has clearly set out the strategies for the development of its international dimension. In the past twenty years several bilateral agreements were established by the University of Calabria with European and other foreign universities. Such agreements aim at encouraging cooperation in the fields of research and didactic activities. Emphasis to international relationships among higher education institutions was provided by the launching of European programmes such as ERASMUS, in the 80s, which paved the way to student mobility activities. In particular, double level degrees were created as a relevant didactic offer to students participating in these exchanges. Among these we can mention the conventions established by the Faculty of Economics with the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and with the University of Applied Sciences Fachhochschule Bochum (Germany), and by the Faculty of Political Science with the Universidad de Jaen (Spain).

Apart from the participation in programmes co-financed by the E.U., the University of Calabria has established contacts with international organisations such as FAO, UNESCO of the United Nations, and OECD. Internationalisation will be further implemented through other trans-national research and didactic projects as a form of mission embedded by the University of Calabria. As an interesting outcome to these mobility experiences, international students who live and study on a permanent basis on campus created a small but lively community. Currently a special program for foreign postgraduate students is being implemented.


The University of Calabria was conceived and developed starting from a very clear vision and a well-defined mission linked to some principles that have traditionally inspired the organizational layouts and the modus operandi of top-class universities. The first principle is surely represented by the Humboldtian idea of universitas studiorum: a model of university in which teaching contents and methods are continuously innovated through the results produced by research. The model, by promoting the exchange of ideas, typical of innovative didactics, will ultimately contribute to the formulation of new research proposals. Due to this interdependence, the benefits of research are transferred to didactics and vice versa, thereby triggering a cause-effect process that would generate development and excellence. This model, due to the current evolutionary stage of information technologies and the widespread use of communication and organisational networks, takes advantage of research processes on a planetary scale, although maintaining its basic soundness, in that only direct performance of research and teaching activities can grant the university’s faculty “full membership” in the international community of researchers and ensure access to the most innovative results produced by science worldwide. The second inspiring principle of the University of Calabria is to be found in its organizational concept from a town-planning viewpoint: i.e. the decision to concentrate research activities in a University Campus. The reasons for this choice lay in the fact that knowledge accumulation and sharing are more frequent in campuses; this is also true for cross-contamination, integration, hybridisation and phenomena of knowledge emulation and spreading from an intra-disciplinary and an inter-disciplinary point of view. The above-mentioned principles, moreover, are completely in line with a vision of a world evolving towards continuous technological, organizational, social and business innovations. This perspective implies increasingly stronger interactions – both virtual and personal – among researchers of different disciplines, as well as among professors and students. Finally, the same criteria are coherent with the specific mission of the Campus of Arcavacata, within the social and economic fabric of the area: generating and spreading innovative knowledge, which – in turn – fosters the social and entrepreneurial development driving the economic growth which contributes to locate southern regions in the network of national and international centres of “knowledge production” with higher added value. Great attention has been paid to research activities carried out at the University of Calabria exactly for this reason and considerable energy and resources have been invested in research. Proof of that are the 25 Departments hosting the complex and qualified network of scientific initiatives of the University; the several interdepartmental research centres, as well as the consortia and associations started along with the efforts devoted to the enhancement and revitalisation of the Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico della Calabria (Calpark), located in the Technology Park of the University. The high quality of the research activities carried out at the University of Calabria is significantly represented by two national Excellence Centres promoted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, namely the High-Performance Computing Centre and the Centre of Nanostructured Materials for Photonic and Optoelectronic Applications. The top-level quality of the research has also been acknowledged by the high rating of the National Committee for the Evaluation of Research (CIVR). The University of Calabria is currently developing research projects in cooperation with other Italian universities, both public and private, through the creation of a network linking it to the Italian innovation system. Over the last few years, several research projects have been funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and by Research Institutes and Agencies (CAR, ASIA, ENEMA, INN and INFO, later merged with CAR) as well as by the European Commission and countless public and private institutions on a regional and national scale. The University has also entered into a number of agreements with international institutions, for research activities both at a European and extra-European level, and for researcher training, such as in the case of doctoral courses. On this subject, it is worth mentioning the internationalisation activity of doctoral courses enabling graduates to obtain joint postgraduate degrees in co-tutorship with renowned European or Mediterranean universities. Research and/or study agreements have been established with the universities of other countries, such as: Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Far Oer, the Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Kosovo, Lebanon, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Tunisia. A number of research initiatives feature immediate application in industrial production processes and in managerial activities in the public and private sectors. For this reason, several research activities are carried out in collaboration with leading national and international companies and scientific institutions such as Finmeccanica Group, with which a partnership for strategic collaboration has been established. Other partners include: Ferrovie dello Stato, Enel, Ferrari, Sibarit-Osas, Alenia Spazio, the European Space Agency, the Space Research Institute, CERN, Abastumany Observatory, and Big Bear Observatory, just to mention a few. Moreover, many national and European research projects coordinated by professors of the University of Calabria have led to the development of patented innovations; the University promotes the initial stage of valorisation of the patented products by means of the Liaison Office which maintains continuous contacts with the business world. Some projects have also generated research spin-offs such as Exeura, dealing with knowledge management at an international level, headquartered in Rende and with branches in Milan and Chicago; DeltaE, specialising in the field of energy and development of advanced technology aimed at the use of hydrogen as renewable energy source and vector; Elchrom and CalCTec, manufacturing advanced electro-optical devices; CHT, specialising in biomechanical devices; totalling 21 companies currently working in the area of the Campus. Extensive research is also carried out in humanities and legal, economic and social disciplines, as testified by the increasing number of articles written by researchers and professors of the University of Calabria and published in the major national and international journals. Thanks to its significant results, the University of Calabria is today a real innovation centre, in technology and in other fields, recognised and appreciated in the national and international academic milieus.

Points of interest

  • Botanical Garden
  • Museum of Paleontology
  • Arts, Music and Entertainment Center
  • Sports Center

List of Honoris Causa Degrees awarded by the University of Calabria

See also


  1. ^ Invalid language code. CUS Cosenza website

External links

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