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The University Institute of Architecture of Reggio Calabria born on On December 6, 1967, the core founding of the University of Reggio Calabria. The acknowledgement comes with the Decree of the President of the Republic on June 17, 1968, which marks the birth of the Free University Institute of Architecture (IUSA ).Professor Salvatore Boscarino held on the first lesson on December 18, 1967, on the theme "Elements of architecture and monuments of relief".

The first academic year, 81 students enrolled at the University. The inaugural lectures are held in the Council Chamber of the Province of Reggio Calabria, after which the Institute is housed at the expense of the City, the temporary seat of Palazzo Delfino, then at the premises of the Municipal Library and finally, in October 1969 in the premises of Archbishopric

By Decree of the President of the Republic on February 14, 1970, the Free University of Architecture takes its name from the State University Institute of Architecture (IUSA).

Pending the establishment of the academic bodies, the administration is temporarily entrusted to a government commissioner, dr. Franco Pontorieri, while the powers of the Faculty Council shall be exercised by a committee consisting of three professors appointed by the Ministry of Education: prof. Ludovico Quaroni, professor at the University of Rome, prof. Ugo Fuxa, professor at the University of Palermo, prof. Gianvito Resta, professor at the University of Messina.

Nemea's LionIn 1972 chosen the official emblem, inspired staters and silver tetradrachms Rhegion - beaten by 488 BC Old logoabout until the conquest of the city by Dionysius I of Syracuse in 386 bC - Whose exemplary nicer for execution and state of preservation, is kept at the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria. It is an ancient coin whose reverse side is the head of Apollo with laurel wreath and legend of the ethnic ΡΗΓΙΝΟΝ, preserved in the Museum, the right hand, offered an opportunity for the academic and seals represents a lion's head ( Lion of Nemea ), symbol of the flourishing of the arts and sciences at the Pythagorean school of Reggio, its kind around 400 BC.

In 1976, with the appointment of five professors, the decade management commissioner and was elected Director of IUSA Antonio Quistelli, Professor of Industrial Design.

The passage of I.U.S.A. at State University takes effect starting in academic year 1982/1983. In fact, with the law of August 14, 1982, n. 590, has established the University of Reggio Calabria, in order to "promote the development and advancement of culture and science through research and education and to contribute to the development of civil, cultural, social and economic development of the country and Calabria".

The law 590/1982 was made for two reasons : on the one hand enhances the structure with mono faculty of Reggio Calabria, by establishing the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture, on the other responds to the needs of Catanzaro, where since 1979 he had formed a consortium for the Promotion of Culture and University Studies. In that city are made up as two faculties, Medicine and Law, as branches of the University of Reggio Calabria, but with a formal commitment from the national government to establish medium-term educational and administrative autonomy of the Faculty of Catanzaro.

The new structure of the University of Reggio Calabria becomes the following : Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Agriculture, with headquarters in Reggio Calabria, Faculty of Law, Medicine and Surgery, based in Catanzaro, to which is added, in 1992, the Faculty of Pharmacy, also based in Catanzaro.

Antonio QuistelliThe first rector of the University was Antonio Quistelli, former Director of IUSA, will remain in charge until 1989. Dean of the Faculty of Architecture is Rosalba La Crete, dean of the Faculty of Law is Alexander Corbino, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is prof. Vincenzo Bocchini.ù

The Faculty of Agriculture, Pharmacy and Engineering, respectively, are directed by a Technical Committee Sorter, pending the establishment of the Faculty Councils. The Technical Committee of the Faculty of Agriculture Sorter is made up of professors Carmelo Schifani, John Giovannozzi Sermanni and Salvatore Foti ; Authorizing Technical Committee of the Faculty of Pharmacy is includes, among other professors Peter Monforte, Laconica Giuseppe Girolamo Cirrincione; Authorizing the Technical Committee of the Faculty of Engineering consists of the professors Arturo Polese, Paul Finocchiaro and Antonio Paoletti. The first Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture is Carmelo Sturiale, elected in 1985. The first Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy is the Domenicantonio Rotiroti, elected in February 1996.

In 1986 he was elected the first president of the Faculty of Engineering, Rosario Pietropaolo, Professor of Chemistry, in the year 1989 he was elected rector of the University and remains at the helm until 1999.

With effect from January 1, 1998 shall be established and made autonomous the University of Catanzaro. The faculties of Reggio then become three : Agriculture, Architecture and Engineering, plus a didactic pole of Law that, in 2001, stands out from Catanzaro to become the fourth power of Reggio.

At the time of the institution, the faculty had office in Reggio Calabria premises leased and located in different places of the city, in the nineties began the transfer to the new large and modern facilities concentrated in the University Campus, located in the valley of the river Annunziata.

In 1999 he was elected rector Alessandro Bianchi, Professor of Urban Planning, who shall hold office until May 2006, the date of appointment as Minister of the Italian Republic for the Transport of the Prodi government.
With effect from the academic year 2001/2002 shall be established in the Faculty of Law of the University of Reggio Calabria.

In 2001 it also changed the name of the University of Reggio Calabria in the "Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria," with the ambition to become a cultural and scientific reference in the Mediterranean basin.

In 2007 the leadership of the Mediterranean is assumed by Massimo Giovannini, professor of Drawing, former dean of the Faculty of Architecture, re-elected in 2010, resigned in November 2012, after the election that delivered the charge to Pasquale Catanoso, Professor of Public Finance at the Faculty of Law, University Mediterranea and since 2007 director of the Department of historical sciences, law, economics and social issues.

The Mediterranean University has awarded honorary degrees to some important personalities : John Astengo, Jaime Gil Aluja, Pasqual Maragal the Mira, Frederick Gorio, Peter Larizza, Mimmo Rotella, Francesco Rosi, Umberto Eco, Carlos José Prince and a Saviour Settis.

In 2012 the implementation of the reform Gelmini has redesigned the structure of the University with the establishment of six departments that have replaced the 4 faculties:

  • Architecture, formerly State University Institute of Architecture, is the oldest academic institution of the University. Direct for a long time by Antonio Quistelli, had as teachers, among others, Franco Purini, Alessandro Anselmi and Franco Pierluisi. In 1982, with the establishment of the University of Reggio Calabria, the IUSA Faculty of Architecture becomes the new University. The Faculty of Architecture of Reggio has developed a teaching articulated in most degree courses.
  • Agriculture was established in 1982, with the activation of the degree course in Agricultural Sciences and Forestry Sciences. The Faculty awarded the first bachelor's degree in Forest Science, in its meeting of 10.11.1987. With the construction, in the 90s, the new facilities of the university campus of the University of Reggio Calabria, in the academic year 2000-2001, the general services of the Faculty (Chair, Degree Programmes, Library, Student Office, local support ) and education (classrooms, teaching laboratories, a language laboratory and computer ) were transferred from the historical site of the new headquarters of Hen Feo di Vito.
  • Engineering, established in 1982, offers training particularly toward the future, with the master 's degree in Biomedical Engineering (in collaboration with the Hospital Bianchi- Melacrino Morelli - Reggio Calabria ), Engineering and Environmental Laboratory for the maritime study of wave motion with the technical support of the laboratories of the University. In addition to traditional training on buildings and infrastructure, major courses are dedicated to telecommunications networks and electronic commerce in collaboration with research institutions and large organizations such as Enel and Telecom.
  • Law was born in a socio - economic and cultural context in which occurred the demand for a scientific -humanistic in legal matters. The establishment of the Faculty of Law at the university of Reggio Calabria was preceded, from school. A. 1997/1998, the experience of a decentralized educational center in the city of Reggio Calabria activated by the Faculty of Law of the University of Catanzaro. The large number of subscribers to the teaching center of Reggio Calabria has been, then, the premise for the natural evolution towards the establishment of an independent Faculty in the context of the Mediterranean University. The decision to establish the Faculty of Law was made on the basis of advice provided by a commission appointed by the Rector of the University and composed, among others, by Andrea Monorchio (then Accountant General of the State), Nicolò Pollari from ( eg director SISMI ), Angelo Falzea ( Academy of the Lincei ) and Rosario Pietropaolo (former Rector of the University of Reggio Calabria).

In the years since then spent the Faculty, despite considerable difficulties related to logistical problems, had already considerable evidence, both in terms of quality, in both number of students and for the establishment of an additional undergraduate degree in economics that the City has proven to liking in particular way. At the first site of Arches has added the prestigious Palazzo Zani in the city center, the current headquarters of the Faculty. In deed, the Faculty ranks first in the number of students enrolled at the university. In addition to the undergraduate degree in legal sciences, students have the opportunity to complete their training through the School of Legal Professions.

Pieces from newspaper of 1983

Photos of first opening cerimony of the academic year

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