"It is since 1992 that the University of Naples was named after Frederick II, to underline its ancient origins, dating back to June 5, 1224, when the Swabian emperor and King of Sicily, from Siracusa issued the edict establishing. Unlike in Bologna and other cities, the Neapolitan Studio was born with an imperial act, aimed at training the elites necessary for the state government. This secular source would not prevent heavy interference of the Church in its cultural life. "
The centuries-old history of the University of Naples had many dark moments and setbacks, but also innovative leaps that attracted the attention of his teachers college and European academics. Even in the most difficult phases he never lost the attraction of a provincial student population in higher education saw the prospects for social mobility and cultural elevation.