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Greetings from the President of LUMSA

The Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA) was privately founded but belongs to the national Italian network of universities and is therefore able to confer recognized degree and diploma titles which have full legal force.

The Principal aspect of LUMSA are to be found in its humanistic vocation and Catholic orientation.

It has a humanistic vocation because a society which is scientifically and technologically advanced there is a growing awareness of the need for ‘wise knowledge’ which is rooted in an authentic idea of man and is able to promote progress for the real good of man and the human community.

It has a Catholic Orientation because it is a free academic community with the Catholic heritage as a specific feature of its identity.

In particular, LUMSA strives to promote an overall education of the person and for this reason the university devotes especial care to its students and their professional and human education through the employment of constant services of direction and tutoring, and of procedures designed to give full expression to the right to engage in study.

LUMSA belongs to the national and international scientific research network and has research programs which operate within certain specific areas; education, the social services and psychology, the philosophical and literary sciences, mass communications, marketing, juridical sciences and economics.

LUMSA pays great attention to new professional profiles and requirements and to the emerging needs of the world of works, and is thus constantly engaged in the updating of its research and the teaching it offers. In this way, the university strives to make a constructive contribution to meeting individual needs as regards qualifications and skills, and to responding to increasing requirements of specialization which are even more evident in today’s complex society.

Giuseppe Dalla Torre

About the university

The Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta was created out of the previous University Institute which was founded by royal decree on 26 Oc­tober 1939, n. 1760.

The studies carried out in this university, and the academic titles it confers, are recognized as having the same legal value as the corresponding titles conferred by state universities in Italy

LUMSA has teaching, scientific, administrative, organizational and disciplinary independence within the frameworks of the existing rules and regulations which govern this sector. State supervision of the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta is exercised by the Ministry of Universities and Scientific and Technological Research.


LUMSA (The Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta) was founded in Rome in 1939 and its topographical location in the immediate vicinity of St. Peter Basilica is in clear harmony with its Catholic character and principles and its openness to the idea of universal human citizenship.

LUMSA is one of the most important non-state universities of Central Italy, with about 6,000 students and 400 professors; it has three Faculties situated in neighboring locations, and other branches operating in Caltanissetta, Gubbio, Palermo, and Taranto.

The university is located in the historic center of Rome and in one of the most beautiful and historically rich areas of the whole of city. It thus provides its students with the opportunity to avail themselves of the advantages which Rome has to offer.

<>Rome is the capital of Italy and is in the middle of the peninsula is an intersecting point for communications, the seat of government and the center of state administration.

The origins of Rome are known to everybody and its ancient history can be read and seen in all the streets and districts of the center; population amounts to three and a half million inhabitants and it covers a vast territory which extends as far as the Tyrrhenian sea.

There is Republican and Imperial Rome with all its monuments: the Roman Forum, Campidoglio, the Trajan Forum, the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, and Castel Sant’Angelo; Medieval Rome and the churches of Santi Cosma e Damiano and S.Maria in Aracoeli, to name only two; Renaissance Rome and the Basilica of St. Peter’s. Piazza del Campidoglio, and Piazza Farnese: Baroque Rome and the colonnade of St. Peter's Square and Piazza Navona; and Neo-Classical Rome represent­ed by the Fontana di Trevi and Trinità dei Monti. Such architectural achievements surround the university buildings of LUMSA.

Near to the university can be found the Vatican Museums which are open every day to the public, the Apostolic Vatican Library, the Capitoline Museums,the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo. and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia – a veritable temple of modern music.

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