- No. Students: 40670
- No. Staff: 2600
- Study mode: 6 On campus
- Languages of instruction: English, Italian
Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research, developing a fruitful relationship with business and productive world by means of experimental research and technological transfer. Research has always been linked to didactics and is a priority commitment which has allowed Politecnico di Milano to achieve high quality results at an international level as to join the university to the business world. Research activity moreover constitutes a parallel path to that formed by cooperation and alliances with the industrial system. Knowing the world in which you are going to work is a vital requirement for training students. By referring back to the needs of the productive, industrial world and public administration, research is facilitated in following new paths and dealing with the need for constant and rapid innovation. The alliance with the industrial world, in many cases favored by Fondazione Politecnico and by consortiums to which Politecnico belongs, allows the university to follow the vocation of the territories in which it operates and to be a stimulus for their development. The challenge which is being met today projects this tradition which is strongly rooted in the territory beyond the borders of the country, in a relationship which is developing first of all at the European level with the objective of contributing to the creation of a "single professional training market". Politecnico takes part in several research and training projects collaborating with the most qualified European universities. Politecnico's contribution is increasingly being extended to other countries: from North America to Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe. Today the drive to internationalization sees Politecnico di Milano take part in the European and world network of leading technical universities and offers several exchange and double-degree programmes beside manyprogrammes which are entirely taught in English.
The school collects, combines and renews the solid experience of the Schools of Architecture, Civil Architecture and Building Engineering, combining the contributions of humanities and arts.
For over fifty years industrial design has been part of Universities and Scientific/Technological Institutions throughout the world: first in the industrialized European countries, in North America and in Japan; later in emerging and recently developed countries such as India, China, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Taiwan.
In 1993 Milan, with its Politecnico, became the elective birthplace of the Degree Course in Industrial Design, the first of its kind in Italy. The Politecnico is a place of avant-garde training, a meeting point of different cultures. It links architectural and artistic studies, with their creativity and focus on form, to technical, scientific and engineering studies. In addition, this university is noteworthy for its longstanding dialogue with the great entrepreneurial management tradition of small and medium enterprises which enrich the territory of Lombardy and of Italy in general.
The history of the Degree Course in Industrial Design – Design Faculty since June 2000 and now the Design School – is characterized by its constant desire to experiment innovative, experimental development lines that respond to the real market needs of contemporary society.
The Design School in the Politecnico di Milano is today the largest international university for the training of product, communication, interior and fashion designers, both by number of students and of teaching staff.
It is active in two campuses, Milan and Como, one in New Delhi (Gurgaon, India), all both newly built. The following figures give some idea of its extent: approx. 5000 students, over 400 teaching staff and a further 400 or so research and teaching assistants working in various capacities; over 900 graduates working as professional designers or employed by production firms and service companies.
Degree programs are organized at two levels: 3 year first level degree (Bachelor or B.Sc) and a further 2 year second level degree “Laurea Magistrale” (Master or M.Sc).
The School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering, based on the Politecnico di Milano Leonardo campus, includes Programmes in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (Milano Leonardo), Civil Engineering (Milano Leonardo), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation (Lecco) and Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (Como).
The School of Industrial and Information Engineering (3I) sets out to train people who are able to translate scientific innovation into applications useful to the human race, as inherent in the word “engineer”, which dates back to Medieval times and has its etymology in the Latin term ingenium, with its double meaning of “device” and “mental capacity”. Man has always sought to change the world he lives in, to improve and adapt it to his needs: an Engineer is one who acts in first person - without fear of "getting his hands dirty" - to shape and change the status quo, in terms of concrete, material objects (bridges, buildings, roads, engines, machinery, equipment, etc.) and more abstract processes (supply chains, computer codes, information and control systems, etc.). While the engineer once worked alone, today he works almost exclusively in teams that are often international and undoubtedly interdisciplinary. For this reason, he needs to speak a common language and be able to coordinate projects. To do so, the engineer constantly looks ahead, taking in any advancement in scientific knowledge, while never reneging the past, in line with the teachings of the engineer par excellence, Leonardo da Vinci, echoing the thoughts of Heraclitus: "in rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time".The School of Industrial and Information Engineering, therefore, focuses on the basic sciences, but also on their concrete, practical and innovative application.
The School of Management - SoM - was established formally in 2003 and groups together MIP (the Graduate School of Business founded in 1979) and DIG (theDepartment of Management Engineering - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale), established in 1990, bringing together all research and education operations in the field of management, an area of major importance atPoliMI, with our MSc in Management Engineering being taught since 1982.
The School of Management delivers an end-to-end portfolio of services in research, education and high-level consultancy within the field of management, economics, and industrial engineering.
The Politecnico was founded on 29 November 1863 by Francesco Brioschi, secretary of the Ministry of Education and rector of the University of Pavia. It is the oldest university in Milan. Its original name was Istituto Tecnico Superiore ("Higher Technical Institute") and only Civil and Industrial Engineering were taught. Architecture, the second main line of study at Politecnico, was introduced in 1865 in cooperation with the Brera Academy.
There were only 30 students admitted in the first year. Over the decades, most of students were men: the first female graduate from the university was in 1913.
In 1927 the Politecnico moved to piazza Leonardo da Vinci, in the district now known as Città studi(City of Studies), where Politecnico's main facilities are still today. At the time, it was named Regio Politecnico ("Royal Polytechnic"). The word Regio was removed as Italy was proclaimed a republic at the end of World War II. The historical building still in use today was designed and built by engineers and architects all graduated in the Politecnico itself.
The present logo, based on a detail of the preparatory sketch of Raphael's School of Athens, was adopted in 1942. Until then, there was no official logo for the institution.
In 1954, the first European centre of electronic computation was opened in Politecnico by Gino Cassinis and Ercole Bottani. In 1963 Giulio Natta received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on crystalline polymers, polypropylene in particular. In 1977, the satellite Sirio, jointly developed by Politecnico and other companies, was launched.
Since the end of the 1980s, the Politecnico has begun a process of territorial expansion that would have resulted in the opening of its satellite campuses in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. A university programme in industrial design was started in 1993. In 2000, the politecnico's faculty of design was created with new courses in undergraduate and postgraduate programs of graphic & visual, fashion and interior design along with the already existent industrial design.
In April 2012, the university announced that, beginning in 2014, all graduate courses would be taught only in English.
Student fees at the Politecnico depend on the income of the family of the student. They range between about 150 €/year and 3000 €/year. Students with good grades are granted partial or full rebates, in addition to various kinds of scholarships. There are many scholarships for international students as part of its recent internationalization program.
Most Italian universities do not offer accommodation for their students on campus. Politecnico has a limited number of approximately 2000 beds available for students. Most students from outside the city are either commuters or renting. It is customary for students to share flats in small groups of 3 or 4 people, as rent rates are very expensive in the city.
The campuses Leonardo and Bovisa are covered by a Wi-Fi network, connected and interoperable with the Eduroam service. Most public areas of the campuses are covered by wi-fi.
An interesting part of student life are "copy centers". During the 1970s, two copy centers were born: CLUP and CUSL (the former from left-wing student groups, the latter with a Catholic, conservative student base), as an effort from students to solve their own problems (such as the cost of books and sharing of lecture notes). They have been the only copy centres within Politecnico's premises for a long time. They are important just for historical and political reasons, as nowadays there are plenty of alternative facilities.
A well known structure is the ISU (a generic term which in Italian university describes additional student facilities such as open libraries, lending of portable PCs, cafeterias and study spaces), dedicated to Luigi Divieti. A legend talks of the "Pianist of ISU", a man who is supposed to be living there since he was born some 50 years ago, and to be a hopelessly old student of the university.
Inside the Leonardo campus students can find the seat of the Educafe. Educafe has been conceived as a space where students can meet up or freely surf the net. It is also a meeting center, where cultural events are organized regularly.
Among the student organizations:
The 2007 graduate survey shows that 80% of graduates of the Politecnico di Milano find a job within three months from graduation, and almost 95% within six months. The figures are similar for the bachelor and the masters level graduates. A specialized "Career Service" facilitates contacts between graduates and the industry, it invites companies for presentations and prepares statistics about graduated students. It posts several stage and job offers every day both for students and graduates.
Approximately 55% of undergraduate students complete their studies on time, and approximately 80% of them graduate within an additional year. Similar figures apply to graduate students.
Students at Politecnico elect representatives in the Academic Senate, the Board of Directors and in the Boards of schools. Currently, the three main political groups in student's elections are:
There are also other smaller groups. However, participation in student elections is generally low, typically below 15%, as a result of low interest in issues and the low influence of elected students on the academy's decisions
Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding universities in Europe, ranked 31st in the world according to the QS World University Ranking – Engineering & Technology 2014. Founded in 1863, Politecnico is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy, with three main campuses located in Milan, the heart of finance, fashion and design industries.
Living and studying in Milan offers a broad exposure to an international business community and opens up a range of opportunities thanks to an extensive entrepreneurial network and the wide variety of sectors present in the region. Milan is a dynamic and cultural city at the forefront of modern Italy, where many important events, shows and exhibitions take place.