Located in the charming town of Fisciano, just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque city of Salerno, the University of Salerno, affectionately known as “UNISA,” is a beacon of knowledge and tradition. Its roots trace back to the venerable Schola Medica Salernitana, making it an institution steeped in centuries of academic excellence.
A Glimpse into the Past
The Schola Medica Salernitana, founded in the eighth century AD, stands as the oldest academic institution in Europe. During its heyday from the 10th to the 13th century, this remarkable school was not confined to medicine alone. It offered enlightening lectures in philosophy, theology, and law, contributing to the intellectual tapestry of the time. Such was its impact that Salerno earned the prestigious title of “Hippocratica Civitas,” a testament to its association with the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates.
However, as history unfolded, the school’s doors were closed in 1811 by royal decree during Joachim Murat’s Napoleonic rule, marking a temporary pause in its legacy.
A Rebirth and Evolution
In 1944, a new chapter began with the founding of the Istituto Universitario di Magistero “Giovanni Cuomo” by decree of King Victor Emmanuel III. The institution’s transformation into a state-owned entity in 1968 led to its renaming as the Facoltà di Magistero dell’Università degli Studi di Salerno.
In the ensuing years, this humble beginning blossomed into a comprehensive university, embracing various faculties to cater to diverse academic pursuits. The Faculty of Arts was established in 1969, followed by the Faculty of Economics in 1970. Soon after, the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical, and Natural Sciences, along with the Faculty of Law, emerged in 1972. The introduction of a Full Degree in Engineering marked a significant milestone in 1983, and the Faculty of Pharmacy followed suit in 1991. The Faculty of Political Science made its debut in 1992, followed by the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature in 1996. Finally, the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery joined the ranks in 2006.
A Modern Oasis of Learning
Since 1987, the University of Salerno has called Fisciano home, strategically positioned at the crossroads of major motorway intersections. Its sprawling campus, spanning approximately 100,000 square meters, embodies the spirit of continuous growth and innovation. This vibrant campus, encompassing both Fisciano and Baronissi, is more than just a place of learning; it’s a thriving community.
With comfortable residence halls for students and dedicated faculty members, the university prioritizes the well-being of its academic family. Modern facilities and efficient services abound, facilitating seamless orientation, teaching, studying, and leisure activities.
Today, the University of Salerno welcomes approximately 40,000 students from the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, and Apulia. Its central location, combined with a rich history and commitment to excellence, makes UNISA a dynamic hub of education and culture in Southern Italy. As it continues to evolve, this institution remains dedicated to shaping the future while cherishing its illustrious past.