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Università degli Studi di Perugia was founded in 1308. In that year, Pope Clement V issued a bull entitled Super specula, which granted the Studium of the city the authority to engage in higher education. The bull made Perugia a leggere generaliter, giving its degree courses universal validity and recognition. Formal imperial recognition of the University was conveyed in 1355, when Emperor Charles IV granted Perugia the permanent right to have a University and to award degrees to students from all nations. 

Today, research, education and consulting activities in the various disciplines are organized in 14 Departments, with about 25,000 students, 1,100 professors and researchers and 1,100 staff members. 

On the international level, the University remains firmly committed to developing collaborative relationships with European and non European Universities, to facilitate and improve international advanced study opportunities for its students. The European Commission has recently awarded the University the prestigious ECTS label for excellence in the application of the European Credit Transfer System in all of its degree programs – first and second cycles and single cycle – confirming the high quality of our expanded international endeavors. Our commitment to internationalization has been given concrete form through the establishment of working agreements with more than 361 institutions of higher learning throughout the European Union eligible for participation in the Erasmus program, and more than 90 cooperation agreements with European and extra-European universities for the development of collaborative initiatives in research and education.  

The new Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DICA) of the University of Perugia was activated in 2014 as part of the reorganisation of the University following the changes introduced by the Law 240/2010. It represents the cultural area of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Sciences. These areas are concretely reflected in numerous Umbrian industrial realities, in particular in the construction industry, in the prefabrication industry and in the preservation of the existing building and monumental heritage, in the construction and maintenance of infrastructures, as well as in the management of water resources and protection from natural hazards. The complex of research and teaching activities developed by DICA's lecturers is part of a broad international perspective, which includes numerous and well-established collaborative relationships with Italian and foreign universities and research centres, including 32 foreign universities, 27 Italian universities and 18 Italian and foreign institutions and research centres.