The University of Salento is, after University of Bari, the second university of Puglia region by number of registered. I is mainly located in Lecce with some facilities in Monteroni di lecce, Mesagne and Brindisi.

The university is highly innovative and technological thanks to the contributions from the various technical and managerial departments and to the 23 structures between institutes and research centers. 

R&D is supported through public funds, EU and privates. For privates investors the university promote and offer various way to make business. Throughout this activity the university has been able to accumulate a packet of several patents and 15 spin-off