University of Calabria
The University of Calabria was established in 1968 and the number of alumni has already abundantly exceeded 100,000. The institution currently features about 30,000 registered students, thus positioning it among the leading academic institutions of Italy.
The Censis ranking records the University of Calabria permanently in the first three places among the big Italian universities. The CWTS ranking, developed by the University of Leiden, places the University of Calabria at the eighth place in Italy considering the research works in the top 50% of scientific impact, and ranked it at the first place in Italy for the proportion of the University's excellent research products (that is, those placed in the top 1% of scientific impact).
To date, the dimension of the University is of about 200 hectares that compise: 14 departments, 77 courses of study, 2 specialization schools, 13 interdepartmental centers, the Museum of Natural History of Calabria / Botanical Garden, the Paleontology Museum, the Museum for the Environment / Rimuseum, the University Language Center, about 3,000 beds, more than 1,300 canteen serving daily 3,500 meals, public transport services for thousands of students per day, 170 classrooms for 14,500 people, the largest library structure in Southern Italy (over 390,000 volumes, 660 workstations and 300 telematic accesses), a Music and Performing Arts Center that organizes over 30 annual events including concerts, film festivals, theatrical performances and exhibitions, a Sports Center that has over 25 courses for various disciplines.
These data make it possible to attribute the right value to the extraordinary work of the 800 teachers on a daily basis and the 770 among executives, administrative staff, technicians.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department plays the central role of depositary of the Mathematical-Informatics knowledge of the University of Calabria, deploying its teaching, research and third mission activities in the Scientific-Disciplinary area of Mathematics and Computer Science.
The Department offers a study course in mathematics and a study course in computer science, activating both the beachelor and master degrees, and provides educational services for mathematics and computer science across the entire University of Calabria.
The teaching activities of the Degree courses are supported by modern and functional laboratories. They can also be used by students outside of the lectures / tutorials, for individual or group discussions during the provision of the Peer Tutoring service. In particular, three IT laboratories are active, with a total of more than 130 stations equipped with personal computers, also used to support interdepartmental teaching.
The third level of the education is guaranteed by the PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science, which presents, among other things, a 90% employment rate within 3 months from the achievement of the degree.
The research activities of the Department are carried out in the area of Mathematics and Computer Science, with substantial scientific activities both in the macro-field of Mathematics and in that of Computer Science. The quality of the results achieved by the researchers of the Department is evidenced by numerous publications in the most prestigious international editorial offices and numerous national and international awards.
- Teachers of the macro-sector of mathematics are editors of important international journals, and collaborate with prestigious foreign universities. In addition, a lecturer in the functional analysis group and applications was included in the report "The world's most influential scientific minds 2014", edited by the Thomson Reuters Research Institute, one of the best mathematicians in the world based on the number of published articles and parameters citation.
- The macro-sector of Computer Science is an international point of reference in the field of artificial intelligence and its correlations with the theory of databases and knowledge. Research in this field has been awarded in the last years prestigious international awards. In 2010 the Computer Science at University of Calabria was placed in the ranking of the best Universities of the World made by the University of Shanghai (ARWU - Academic Ranking of World Universities).
Rende is a pleasant town in Calabria, southern Italy. It has a population of about 35,000 (or, more than 60,000 if the university students living there are taken into account). It is divided into two parts: the old town, which is stands on a high hill, and the modern area, on level ground, which is part of the urban area of Cosenza and is the centre of the city's economy. The main sights are:
- Historical Centre
- The Norman Castle
- Rossini Plaza
- Robinson Park
Known as the Città dei Bruzi (the City of the Bruttians), Cosenza is one of the most ancient cities in Calabria, the main center of a metropolitan area with about 269.000 inhabitants. Among the largest Calabria cities, Cosenza is a leading center of thriving economic activities, artistic and cultural promotion, often in collaboration with the University of Calabria. The origins of Cosenza date back to the 4th century B.C. when the area was strategically important to the Bruttians.
The city is commonly associated with the University of Calabria, the recently-founded medium-sized residential university campus. Many lovely and fascinating sites can be spotted along the Ionian and Tyrrhenian coasts: rock-carved caves, natural arches and cliffs standing in the middle of the blue sea form the amazing landscape of places like Praia a Mare, Scalea, Cirella, Capo Bonifati, Campora San Giovanni. The mountain sites in the Sila Plateau are equally breath-taking. The plateau houses the Sila National Park that includes the so-called Greater Sila, Greek Sila and Lesser Sila, the Pollino National Park and several mountain resorts. Among the main sites in the province, San Giovanni in Fiore, built around the Abbey founded by Joachim of Fiore, is renowned for local handicraft. Camigliatello Silano is a well-known mountain resort located among thick pine forests. It stands in the middle of the Greater Sila, is equipped with skiing facilities, and is the best renowned Sila site for summer and winter holidays.
Besides landscape, historical and artistic heritage, Cosenza supports its gastronomic heritage that includes local dishes, capocollo-based starters, soppressata (a local salami), sausages and mushrooms in oil. Pasta-based delicacies include home-made pasta with delicate sauces, extra virgin olive oil and garlic; lagane e ceci (eggless pasta and chickpeas) and licurdia (potatoes and onion soup). Among meat dishes, mazzacorde (rolled intestines of unweaned lamb and goat, cooked with tomatoes) are extremely tasty. Local sweets and pastries include pitta 'nchiusa (a cake stuffed with raisins and walnuts); dried-fig crocette and taralli. Extra virgin olive oil, hot pepper and local wines add flavor to the already delicious dishes.
The main sights are:
- Old Town
- The Cathedral
- The Castle
- The Rendano Theater
- The Calatrava Bridge
- The open-air MAB Museum (Museo all’Aperto Bilotti): it occupies the main pedestrianized city street, where artworks by Giorgio De Chirico, Salvador Dalì, Mimmo Rotella and Giacomo Manzù stand for residents and tourists.
Calabria is the tip of the boot, the extreme south of Italy. Lined by the beautiful waters of the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The welcoming climate, the beautiful colors of the sea, the rocky coasts alternating with sandy coasts, its wild and mysterious nature, the intense and genuine flavors of the local cuisine and the testimonies of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to admire both in winter and in summer.
Those who love nature, its perfumes, its mysteries will be able to enter the Calabrian hinterland, discovering a pure and uncontaminated landscape, where immense green expanses are interrupted by the blue of lakes and waterfalls. Those who, instead, want to get a tan under the warm rays of the sun or immerse themselves in a crystalline sea, will be able to choose among the many pretty places located along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts. And for those who want to know the past of this land, cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, Calabria offers a wide choice of churches and monasteries, castles and palaces, villages and places where secular traditions survive. See here for a nice guide of the most interesting places in Calabria.
What to see
Art lovers will not want to miss the chance to admire the famous Riace Bronzes, exhibited in the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, an important testimony of Magna Graecia, a period that has profoundly marked the history of this land. These beautiful statues, depicting two warrior heroes, represent a rare example of classical Greek sculpture.
For lovers of the sea, Calabria - with its 800 km of coastline - offers a wide choice of beautiful beaches including that of Capo Vaticano, in the province of Vibo Valentia, defined as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world: a long expanse of fine sand, surrounded by ancient trees and lapped by crystal clear waters populated by a varied fish fauna.
An immersion in the wild nature of the Calabrian hinterland is an experience not to be missed and the parks of Sila, Serre, Aspromonte and Pollino are one of the most interesting naturalistic destinations. The "rivers" and the "big stones" of the Aspromonte, the "plant patriarchs" of the Sila, the wildlife wealth of the Serre are just some of the wonders of nature that this land offers.
What to eat
Calabria is a land of strong and intense emotions. Its flavors are the same: an example for all is represented by the famous Calabrian hot pepper. It is easy to find this ingredient in many typical Calabrian dishes: from bruschetta with 'nduja or with sardine - called the "caviar of the poor" - to pork sausages, from condiments for pasta to fish dishes.
The strong taste of the chili is contrasted with the sweet one of the famous red onion of Tropea, protected by the IGP brand. Finally, among the typical delicacies of Calabria there are extra-virgin olive oil, wines, liqueurs based on bergamot, licorice, cedar, honey, jams and pasta with characteristic shapes (strangugghj, fileja, maccaruni) still worked with ancient methods.