University of Salento, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies
The University of Salento commenced activities in the academic year 1955-56 under the “Salentine University Council”. In 1960 it became the “Free University of Lecce” and passed to Government authority in the 1967/68 academic year.
Since 2005, the University of Salento is a partner of the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC).
University of Salento is ranked 251-275 among the top world's university and fifth in Italy, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released on 2015.