The Kore University of Enna (UKE) is an independent private higher education institution. It is one of the newest private universities in Italy, and the only one in Sicily. Its legal status was legislated by the Ministry of Education, University and Research in 2005. It is the fourth institution of higher education in Sicily in chronological order. Among the 18 private non-state universities, UKE is the third largest in Italy for teaching staff and number of courses, after the Catholic University of Milan and Rome and the Bocconi University of Milan. UKE is also the only Italian private university with a Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
UKE has earned a national reputation of the highest order through the realization of multi-purpose-designed academic structures, innovative facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories, which have created the basis for teacher/student relationships that are difficult to find in other, larger universities. In this sense, UKE can be seen as an “avant-guard” reality for a modern university. The primary objective of our university is to establish new educational “frontiers” in the Mediterranean basin, a vast region of different customs, traditions, cultures and of the history of ancient civilizations. UKE is also one of the most appreciated Italian universities. According to surveys conducted in an anonymous form by the AlmaLaurea Consortium in Bologna, UKE is among the first places in Italy for the high level of teaching and the quality of educational facilities.
At present time, more than 8000 students are enrolled at UKE. It offers sixteen degree courses (5 second cycle + 2 one long cycle + 11 first cycle) and 3 PhD programs, in the Faculties of Engineering and Architecture; Economic Sciences and Law; Human and Social Sciences; Classics, Languages and Education. The mission of UKE is not only to promote a greater awareness of Mediterranean cultural realities, but also to allow a permanent exchange of teaching staff and students between other universities, national or foreign, and also between the cultural institutions of the region. UKE constantly follows the students’ academic path thanks to an efficient tutoring system, guiding them to the point of being able to overcome any eventual learning difficulty. The student will also be appropriately informed about his career prospects, and supported in its needs especially when far from family and home. Indeed, the main quality of UKE is in the attention that it caters to its students.
UKE covers two major areas: the Campus, with all educational and administrative services for students, and the Research Center, where the most advanced research is conducted. All the Campus buildings are near each other, which places everything within a 5 min walk. The Campus is located in the residential area of Enna, downstream of the old city, where there are large service facilities, including the hospital and the extra-urban bus terminal. Every day, more than 150 buses arrive from all the main cities of Sicily, but also from other Italian and European regions. The rail station is based on Catania-Palermo railway.
UKE is based in Enna, a small but ancient city, capital of its province, situated above a mountain of more than 900 m asl, so that it is the highest town in Italy and one of the highest in Europe. Enna is the geographical center of Sicily. And since Sicily is in the heart of the Mediterranean, UKE crosses equally north and south, east and west of the world.