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The City of Reggio Calabria

History of the University

The Faculties

Services for students

Student guidance services

Press release



The City of Reggio Calabria


Reggio Calabria is the most highly populated city in the Calabrian Region (around 180.000 inhabitants) and is situated on the southern tip of the region on the eastern side of the Straits of Messina and opposite the city of Messina to which it is closely linked. Indeed there is growing talk of the Straits Metropolitan Area as a socio-economic integrated area. Reggio Calabria is a very ancient settlement and clear traces of the Roman and Greek period are visible. A Byzantine town for a long period; it was under Arab domination during the X Century, and became a Norman colony towards the middle of the XI Century. The Church of “Santa Maria di Terreti” dates from this period; it was damaged by the 1908 earthquake, and some of its remains are preserved in the church of the “Ottimati” and in the National Museum of Magna Graecia. From the XII century onwards the city was subjected to Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese domination. In the XVI century it came under Spanish rule until the War of the Spanish Succession which brought about the end of the viceroyalty. Then began the period of Burbon domination which continued, with brief interruptions (the Napoleonic occupation), until 1861; in this year the Peninsula was united as the Kingdom of Italy.
Rebuilt many times after the numerous earth tremors which devastated its urban structure, the last one being the catastrophic quake in 1908, today Reggio Calabria has a modern urban layout. The city centre, entirely redesigned according to the Post Earthquake Reconstruction Plan, is based on a grid pattern, along orthogonal axes which extend inland from the coast line. Hence the architecture of the inner city dates mainly from the first decades of the XX century, with interesting examples of the following styles: Art Nouveau, neo-Gothic (the Zerbi Villa ), neo-Classic (the Municipal Theatre), eclectic ( the Mazzitelli House), and what is usually called “Fascist” (the central station, the National Museum of Magna Graecia designed by Piacentini, the former headquarters of the Young Fascists).
Moreover in the urban setting a number of other buildings are of interest namely the Aragonese Castle, in the upper part of the city, the Cathedral completely rebuilt following the 1908 earthquake, the afore mentioned Church of the “Ottimati”, the Church of “Santa Maria della Cattolica”, the “Graziella” Church (XVII century), which partially survived the 1908 quake. The city is also the site of a National Museum, which is second only to the Berlin Museum for its vast and significant collection of Magna Graecian remains, including the “Bronze Warriors” and the “Philosopher’s head”. As previously stated Reggio Calabria is a city on the sea. The seaside esplanade, described by the Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio as the “finest mile in Italy”, faces the island of Sicily and offers one of the most important botanical gardens with a variety of tropical plants and India rubber trees (Ficus Elastica) which are nearly a century old. Behind the city rises the Aspromonte massif , which reaches 1800 metres and includes the skiing centre of Gambarie. Moving north along the coast you come to Scilla, linked to the Homeric legend. This is an ancient fishing village; the harbour area is known as Chianalea, which is the oldest and most picturesque quarter. It is built in the shadow of the rock rising from the sea and is very well preserved. In the upper part of the town there is the castle of the Ruffo di Calabria family built on the rock facing the Straits. The climate is typically Mediterranean but also displays microclimatic variations due to its particular geographical situation where different meteorological zones – the Ionian and Tyrrhenian zones and the Sicilian Straits - come together. The city has excellent transport connections to the rest of the world by means of the rail network (it is the terminus of one of the main Italian rail routes, that between Rome and Reggio Calabria), the road network ( the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria Motorway), the domestic Straits Airport situated a mile or two from the city centre, and the ferry and hydrofoil links to Sicily. The University Campus is in the Feo di Vito district on a hill overlooking the port.






On 17th June 1968 the Free University Institute of Architecture was founded in Reggio Calabria. 81 students were enrolled. The first lectures were held in the council chamber of the Provincial Offices. Two years later in February 1970 the I.U.S.A (State University Institute of Architecture) was set up with Doctor Francesco Pontorieri at its head. In 1972 the University symbol was chosen taking inspiration from the oldest gold coin in the National Museum in Reggio Calabria: it is the head of the Nemean lion dating from 400 b.C. The transformation of the I.U.S.A. into a state University was brought about by a law passed in 1982: the new Faculties of Engineering and Agricultural Science were set up in Reggio Calabria , while associated Faculties of Medecine and Law were created in Catanzaro.
The first Rector was Antonio Quistelli. When Professor Pietro Paolo succeeded him in 1989 the three Reggio Faculties were housed in rented buildings scattered round the Reggio area. Today the University structures have been brought together on the campus of Feo di Vito: this campus is not yet complete but it has radically transformed the University. In 2001 the faculty of Law moved to Reggio from Catanzaro. With Alessandro Bianchi, the current Rector, the University of Reggio has become Mediterranean both in its name and in its ambition, which is to act as a cultural and scientific reference point in the Mediterranean Area.



The Faculties


Faculty of Agricultural Science

Tel. 0039 0965 801308 – email:


The conservation of the environment, primary production, and the new frontiers of biotechnologies are at the centre of the study options of this Faculty, which is noted for its attention to the globalization processes which have changed the old concept of agriculture. There is close collaboration between the Aspromonte National Park, an exceptional natural laboratory which compliments the various laboratories on the campus at Feo di Vito. The extensive library, the up-to-date facilities, and the excellent student/lecturer ratio, completes the image of a Faculty which offers very good prospects for the employment market.


Three-year Degree Courses:

1.   - Agricultural Science and Technology (I-II-III year)

2.   - Technical Management of Agricultural Areas and Forests and Rural Development (I-II-III year)

3.   - Food Science and Technology (I-II-III year)

4.   - Technical and Administrative Management in Agriculture (I-II-III year) at the Advanced Services 

        Centre of Calabria (CRA) in Lamezia Terme

5.   - Animal Husbandry in the Mediterranean Area (I-II-III year) at the CRA in Lamezia Terme.

6.   - Crop Production (I-II-III year) at the CRA in Lamezia Terme.


Specialist Degree Courses

1.      Agricultural Science and technology (I year)

  • Curriculum on Management and Planning on Agricultural and Environmental Systems

  • Curriculum on Mediterranean Crop Production

  • Curriculum on Mediterranean Crop and Animal Production Techniques

2.      Forestry and Environmental Science (I year)

  • Curriculum on Forest Management in the Mediterranean Environment

  • Curriculum on Soil Protection in the Mediterranean Environment

3.      Food Science and Technology (I year)          


Faculty of Architecture

Tel 0039 0965 800282


This is the Faculty with the longest history; it specializes particularly in Urban Planning  and its interests range from studies on the local and Calabrian situation – the study and rehabilitation of ancient towns – to the wider horizons of Mediterranean countries – for example the conservation of oases and historic settlements.

Faculty life is marked by intense activity and production of publications led by a highly qualified teaching staff. Studies on the planning phase of construction range from a Degree course in Architectural and Urban Planning Techniques  to a second level Master course in the Architecture and Archaeology of the towns of the Classical period. The modern structures of the Faculty include multimedia and language laboratories and various specialist laboratories.


Three-year Degree Courses:

- Architectural and Urban Planning Techniques (I-II-III year)

- History and Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage (I-II-III year)

- Construction and Management of Architecture (I-II-III year)

- Garden and Landscape Design (I-II-III year)

- Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning (I-II-III year)


Specialist Degree Courses

1.   - Architecture in the EU (I year)

2.   - Urban Planning  (I year)

3.   - Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage ( I-II year)

4.   - Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning (I-II year)


Faculty of law

Tel.0039 0965 654629


This is the most recent of the faculties and has registered an exceptionally high number of enrolments.

In addition to the Degree Course in Legal Studies the students are offered the chance to complete their training by means of the School of Specialization in the legal professions, a library, and a website which provides various services such as online exam enrolment and consultation of teaching schedules.


Three-year Degree Courses:

1.   - Legal Sciences

       Curriculum on legal Sciences (I-II-III year)                   

       Curriculum on management Economy, and the Economy of  Cultural Heritage and Tourism


Specialist Degree Course

- Law (I-II year)


School of Specialization in the Legal Professions



Tel 0039 0965 875440


The Faculty of Engineering is forward looking  and offers a second level master in Biomedical Engineering (in collaboration with the city hospitals), Environmental Engineering, and a Maritime Laboratory  for the Study of wave motion with the technical support of the University laboratories. In addition to the traditional courses on building and infrastructure, there are important courses on the telecommunication network  and electronic commerce in collaboration with research bodies and major organizations such as Enel and Telecom.


Three-year Degree Courses:

1.   - Civil Engineering (I-II-III year)

2.   - Environmental and Territorial Engineering  (I-II-III year)

3.   - Electronic Engineering (I-II-III year)

4.   - Telecommunication Engineering (I-II-III year)


Specialist Degree Courses:

- Civil Engineering (I-II year)

- Telecommunication Engineering (I-II year)

3.   - Electronic Engineering (I-II year)

4.   - Environmental and Territorial Engineering  (I-II year)


Second Level Master:

1.      Urban Aesthetics

2.      Environmental Engineering – Land Conservation

3.      Innovations in Biomedical Engineering

4.      Planning of Nature Parks

5.      Economy and Health Legislation

6.      Economy and Management of Tourism and the Cultural Heritage

7.      Architecture and Archaeology of towns of the Classical period


First Level Master

1.   1.      Quality and Safety of Mediterranean Food Products

2.   2.      Urban and Territorial Planning


Scholarships are available for all the Master Degree Courses.


The  Chinese students who are interested  in the Mediterranean University courses can contact the International Relation Service Office

Tel 0039 0965 332202

Fax 0039 0965 332201





Services for students


      On line examination enrolment

      UniOrienta Student Guidance Centre: Guidance Service, Councelling Service, Career Service

      Faculty Guidance Services

      Faculty libraries

      Language laboratories

      Computer laboratories

      Faculty multimedia classrooms

      Hall of residence with sleeping accommodation


      Multimedia classrooms

      Study areas

      Preventive medical service

      Erasmus scholarships

      Socrates scholarships

      Scholarships for the disabled

      Student loans

      Part-time contracts for senior students within the University

      Practical experience with professional firms and public bodies

      Drama laboratories

      Special arrangements with local restaurants


Useful information

Association for students’ rights and other services

  • ARDIS hall of Residence: Via Manfroce – Trav De Nava tel. 0039 0965 48091 – 0039 0965 651559. The residence has 108 beds some of which are reserved for foreign students. The monthly charge varies from 63 to 113 euros.

  • Mensas: at the moment there are no University mensas but there are arrangements with local restaurants. The price of  a meal can vary from 1 to 2.5 euros


  • Scholarships: Scholarship Office,  Via Tommaso Campanella 40 – tel. 0039 0965 3854228.


Guidance and Career Services:

  • UniOrienta , Via San Marco 3, tel. 0039 0965 308201; fax 0039 0965 308204;;

  • Students secretariat: Via E. Cuzzocrea 48 – tel. 0039 0965 3695304; fax 0039 0965 24754

  • Information and Communication Services, Via Zecca 4 – tel. 0039 0965 332202; fax 0039 0965 332201


Part-time Employment

The University provides around 50 part-time jobs for its students as assistance in the libraries and teaching laboratories.



International Relation Service, tel. 0039 0965 332202; fax 0039 0965 332201,


University Sports Centre: via Baracca, trav De Salvo 8/c ,







The ICARO Project provides for the setting up of a Permanent University Centre called UniOrienta. This centre aims to help the student body during the main phases of their university and professional career by providing useful collaboration with other educational structures, with regional and  national organizations, the manufacturing sector and the professions.



  • to supply information and useful advice for students when choosing a University Faculty;

  • to provide guidelines for the creation of a work plan and to identify suitable methods for study and preparation for examinations;

  • to enhance the students’ abilities and skills when facing employment problems and job interviews;

  • to offer a wide variety of information on the employment market and provide the information needed to explore it;

  • to facilitate contact with the world of employment and provide information about individual firms;

  • to spread the entrepreneurial culture favouring the academic approach and development of the concept of business initiative

  • to focus particularly on the promotion of the role of women in business.



Via San Marc


Via San Marco 3, Reggio Calabria

Office Hours:

Monday     9.30 – 12.30

Tuesday      9.30 – 12.30 / 15.30 – 18.30

Wednesday 9.30 – 12.30

Thursday    9.30 – 12.30 / 15.30 – 18.30


Tel. 0039 0965 308201

Fax 0039 0965 308204






Press release


From the Mediterranean University to China

The University of Reggio Calabria’s commitment towards new bonds with Chinese Culture


The Mediterranean University of  the city of Reggio Calabria has undertaken over the years the development of international cooperation through the creation of stable and productive links in teaching and research fields, with a keen interest in the Mediterranean basin.

Given the Italian Government’s intention to reinforce, according to European Union guidelines, Italy’s presence in China, our university is also sensitive to the broad concept of internationalization. Hence it is ready to welcome students and researchers who are willing to get better acquainted  with the richness of knowledge offered by our environment related Polytechnic which comprises the Faculties of Architecture, Engineering and Agricultural Science and want to enjoy the study options which range over a variety of fields, namely Management of Natural Resources, Urban and Architectural planning, Enhancement of the Natural Habitat and implementation of advanced techniques for Urban Management.

Our hospitable city, with a low cost of living and unique climate, and with direct air links to the international airports of Rome and Milan, provides students with a variety of services both in terms of logistics and study options: websites, secretariats in each Faculty, sleeping accommodation, libraries, study areas and sporting activities.


The University campus, one of Italy’s greatest architectural complexes, fully integrated into the city’s cultural and social life, hosts all study and research activities. The excellent student/lecturer ratio, in a climate of mutual and ongoing exchange, guarantees the important link with the research and employment environments.

The Mediterranean University is also committed to higher educational training through master degrees, in cooperation with international partners, and through the innovatory contents of the courses, the excellent repute of the teaching staff and the level of  the funds invested.

 The Mediterranean University opens its doors to China with the hope that the encounter between  two millennial cultures will produce fertile ground for progressive research  and ongoing study activities for future generations.


Reggio Calabria 20th January                                                  Information and Communication