History and Values

Landmarks in LUM University’s History


In 1995 Senator Giuseppe Degennaro founded the first private university of Southern Italy. Its name, Libera Università Mediterranea [Free Mediterranean University], reveals the goal of its founder: to establish a higher education institution in the middle of the Mediterranean area offering high-quality programs that could compete with other universities around the world.

From the very beginning, the faculty was selected among the best known and most prestigious Italian and foreign professors. The programs offered were focussed on the immediate market usability. The first steps, based on the values that animated the entire history of the University, were moved in the direction of important goals achieved thanks to the experience of men and women of culture, entrepreneurs, and businessmen.


In 1996 LUM University obtained recognition from the European Commission – Action Jean Monet as the seat of Chairs, Permanent Courses and Teaching Modules, aimed at spreading the culture of European integration.


LUM University was legally recognised by MIUR [Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research]. The first 2 programs in Economics and Law were established.

LUM’s teaching is structured in such a way as to offer students valid and useful training courses for an immediate entry into the professional world. The founding values of  Giuseppe Degennaro’s University begin to fully express themselves as the University becomes one of the reference points for higher education institutions, the fertile ground for brains that finally no longer need to escape.


LUM University’s School of Management was founded. Its first post-graduate programs included several Master’s degrees, from General Management to Marketing and Retail Management or Accounting and Control and Transportation and Integrated Logistics. Today, the School offers more than 80 postgraduate degree programs in different areas.


The first International Phd program in “The Economics and Management of Natural Resources” was launched in collaboration with the Serbian John Naisbitt University of Belgrade and Chinese China Three Gorges University (CTGU). The PhD program is focussed on corporate sustainability, with a particular attention to natural resources management, which is increasingly becoming the main focus of globalization dynamics.


The second international Phd program in “General Theory of the Administrative, Civil, Constitutional, Criminal and Tax Process” was launched in collaboration with John Naisbitt University of Belgrade (Serbia) and the South East European University (Macedonia). The PhD program is focussed on the trial with a multidisciplinary approach.


LUM University launched a spin-off enterprise, «Lum Enterprise», with the mission to offer qualified and reliable support to firms, promoting the digitalisation of businesses and increasing competitiveness through the implementation of business models based on new technologies.

K HUB is LUM University’s first business accelerator. K Hub is participated by 12 national and international partners operating in the field of digital, creative and inclusive communities.


LUM University has a modern organisation, capable of turning all the principles on which it has been founded into efficiency, and capable of creating connections between faculty and students, academic world and production sector, and to make those connections strong and to create precious synergies for the University’s students. LUM is particularly active in creating partnerships and collaborations with prestigious Universities around the world to offer its students the best education environment possible.

LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs.

LUM Giuseppe Degennaro University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs.

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The President's message

Welcome to LUM University!


Giuseppe Degennaro, our founder, had a dream. He wanted to give the new generations an education that could boost the South of Italy both economically and socially. He wanted to form a new ruling class capable of responding to the changes induced by globalization and capable of generating innovation and modernization.


Thanks to my father’s determination, to the efforts of his closest collaborators that dream came true: LUM University was founded. One of the first private universities in Southern Italy.
My ambition is to continue, with passion, my father’s job.

My commitment is to make LUM University grow according to its foundation values: the continuous updating of the study programs, a close and rewarding dialogue between students and faculty, the broadening of the scientific research carried inside, to strengthen our international relations to promote student and staff mobility not only within Europe, and to start new programs to create the best synergies between innovation and the professional world.


Your needs are our focus. As a result, you will appreciate the guidance and attention that we provide to all our students. Because the goal is still that of our founder: to create professionals, who can be easily employed in public and private institutions and can contribute to the economic and social development of our country.


We look forward to serving you.


Prof. Emanuele Degennaro
LUM University’s President

LUM’s Founder

Senator Giuseppe Degennaro

Born in Apulia on 21 October 1940, Giuseppe Degennaro was a successful entrepreneur with a passion for politics. Member of the City Council of Bari from 1971 to 1979, he was elected a member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1979 to 1994. In May 2001, he was elected Senator, with an assignment in the supervisory committee of Bank of Italy.

His entrepreneurial strategies were based on three pillars: to develop business outside of the southern tradition, made of public support; to focus on the creation of a flexible cultural hub, where public and private enterprises can express competitiveness and synergy on integrated basis; to develop relations between University and Entrepreneurs based on a new paradigm.

With these ideas in mind, in 1987 he built in Casamassima a innovative centre for wholesale trade, named “Il Baricentro”, which employed around 5000 people staff and located more than 600 different companies. In 1991 he created the inland port, Interporto Regionale Puglia, in the outskirt of Bari, an important facility for intermodal transport, which makes it possibile to handle goods coming from and to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkan area, also in compliance with the setting up of Corridor VIII. In 1995 he founded the first private University in the South of Italy, LUM “Jean Monnet” University, becoming its first President. This prestigious higher education institution started with two departments (Economics and Law) and a wide range of bachelor's, master's and postgraduate degree programs.
Giuseppe Degennaro was also a Professional Journalist. He founded and was the editor in chief of “NuovoCorso” magazine and wrote for several other periodicals. He has been offshore sailing world champion twice. His entrepreneurial intuitions, his innovative management of human resources, the international character of his outputs, the idea of combining research, work and development, the soundness of his managerial background, the deep sensitivity for local and employment issues, the political contributions given, the steady consistency between his thought and his actions, the full knowledge of market, his contributions in meeting and conferences: these are all elements that made Sen. Giuseppe Degennaro an unquestioned role model in management and entrepreneurship, with a high academic value. He has always shown a great commitment to his territory and particularly to young people, constantly encouraging them to not accept low-level positions and to become the main actors in the construction of Europe.

Thanks to these extremely good qualities, Senator Giuseppe Degennaro was awarded an Honorary Degree in Economics by the University of Bari (Italy) in October 2004, few days before his death.