University of Cagliari
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About the University
The University of Cagliari was founded in 1606 as the Studium Generalis Kalaritanum along the lines of the old Spanish Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Lérida. It originally offered Law, Latin, Greek and Hebrew Literature, the Liberal Arts, Medicine, Surgery, Philosophy and Science. When Sardinia passed under the House of Savoy government in the 18th century, the statute of the University was significantly modified, with the expansion of the science faculties and institutes. The 19th and 20th centuries saw more and more emphasis placed on research activities, with the achievement of important, internationally acclaimed results, especially in the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Archaeology.
The University of Cagliari is a public university. It is one of the largest enterprises in the region of Sardinia due to its international policy and studies, and its numerous agreements with prestigious universities throughout Europe and the world. The university consists of the following faculties: Economics, Law and Political Sciences; Engineering and Architecture; Humanities; Medicine and Surgery; Biology and Pharmacy; and Sciences.
Locations and Campuses
The university has several main campuses in and on the edge of the city. The largest campus is situated in Monserrato, on an area of 73 hectares.
Cagliari is the capital, the main cultural centre of Sardinia and the most populated city with about 160,000 inhabitants. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It hosts numerous open air archaeological sites and unspoilt natural environments, such as the Regional park of Molentargius, a wetland system where flamingos nest and offer spectacular pink displays and monuments.
Cagliari is “the city of the sun” but above all “the city of the sea”. From the surrounding hills it is possible to admire the multi-coloured sea, which merges with the city to produce a unique panorama. Its famous Poetto beach and its waterfront offer kilometres of sandy beach, cycle lane and jogging track.