Luiss Guido Carli has its origins in an earlier Roman institution: Pro Deo University, founded in 1966.
In 1974 a group of entrepreneurs led by Umberto Agnelli decided to invest human and financial resources in an innovative educational project aimed at executives.
Luiss adopted a new educational approach, moving in the direction of top-notch international universities.
Other important public and private industrial groups joined the University’s founders in subsequent years, along with financial firms, which brought an authoritative representation of businesspeople to the University’s Board of Directors.
In 1977, the University officially changed its name to Luiss— Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, or the Guido Carli Free International University for Social Studies. A year later, Guido Carli, who was then President of the Italian industrial association, Confindustria, became the University’s President. During this period, increased emphasis was put on the underlying elements of Luiss’s educational approach: a rigorous admissions process, a set number of students, the study of foreign languages and IT, and a curriculum that is in line with the needs of the marketplace and closely linked to the business world.
Guido Carli remained the President of Luiss until his death in 1993.
In 1982, Luiss expanded its number of degree programs. The Department of Law was added to the Departments of Economics and Political Science.
In 1994, the Board of Directors decided to rename the University in memory of Guido Carli.
In 1997, Luiss Management S.p.A. was established for all market-directed educational activities.