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Politecnico di Torino


Politecnico di Torino

Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Rector Prof. Marco Gilli
Admin. staff 5308
Students 32,100
Location Italy Turin, Italy
Campus Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, Torino 10129
Sports teams CUS Torino (

The Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic University of Turin) is an engineering public university based in Turin, Italy. Established in 1859, Politecnico di Torino is Italy’s oldest technical university. The university offers several courses in the fields of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design.


The Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic) was founded in 1906, but its origins go back further. It was preceded by the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers) founded in 1859 after the Casati Act and the Museo Industriale Italiano (Italian Industry Museum) founded in 1862 under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry. The Technical School for Engineers was part of the University, which led to technical studies being accepted as part of higher education. The country was about to begin a new industrial era, which the Industry Museum was to address more directly. Famous scholars and researchers, authorities in different subjects with characters to match, gave a decree to new subjects such as electrotechnics and building science. They were the first to have a vision of founding a school which dealt with the needs of people and society.

Following the model of the most famous European Polytechnic Schools, at the beginning of the 20th century the Regio Politecnico di Torino had various objectives. It began to contact both the European scientific world and local and national industry. Aeronautics began as a subject. Students from all over Italy came to Turin and found in the new laboratories built for the study of everything from chemistry to architecture in a lively and resourceful atmosphere. The future was already at hand. In the 1990s, new teaching campuses were opened in Alessandria, Aosta, Biella, Ivrea, Mondovì and Vercelli.


Campuses of the Politecnico di Torino draw inspiration from the structure of Anglo-Saxon ones, with multipurpose buildings for teaching, basis and applied research and services to the students in Turin, and a regional network of technological centers (Alessandria, Biella, Mondovì, Vercelli, Verrès), dedicated to research activities, technological transfer, specialist education and services to the region.

The historical and representative base of the Politecnico is in the town, on the River Po: the Castle of Valentino, a House of Savoy of the 17th Century. It is the main teaching campus for Architecture and has an area of 23.000 sq. m.

The big complex in corso Duca degli Abruzzi - with 122.000 sq. m., the main campus of Engineering - was opened in 1958 and it is completed by the Cittadella Politecnica: a modern complex of 170,000 sq. m. adjoining to the main building, including areas dedicated to students, research activities, technological transfer and services.

The newest campus is the Design and Sustainable Mobility Citadel, in an area adjoining to the manufacturing establishment of Mirafiori, FIAT manufacturing facility which has been remodeled as well as the Lingotto building, which hosts the Master School.

Students and teaching


  • 32.000 students (A.Y. 2012/2013)
  • 30% women
  • 42% students from outside Piedmont
  • 16.5% international students
  • 4.900 first year students (A.Y. 2012/2013)
  • 12% first year international students
  • 400 Specialization Master students
  • 633 PhD students (A.Y. 2012/2013)


  • 28 Degree programs (first cycle level - Bachelor)
  • 32 MS Degree programs (second cycle level - Master)
  • 18 Courses completely in English
  • 6 I level Specialization Masters
  • 27 II level Specialization Masters
  • 24 PhD programs
  • 6 Advanced training programs
  • 1 Specialization program

GRADUATES5,371 graduates in 2012

  • 2.802 first cycle (Bachelor) level graduates

(average age: 24 years old)

  • 2.569 second cycle (Master) level graduates

(average age: 26 years old)

Employment rate of second cycle (Master) students one year after graduation (Almalaurea - def. ISTAT-Workforce): 74.5% (above the national average of 60%) 42% have permanent contracts (above the national average of 34%)

The world of research

The Politecnico is a "Research University" aknowledgeded as a centre of excellence in all over the world for the qualifying research areas of Architecture and Engineering. The development of the fields of excellence, the investment on frontier subjects, and also the support to the curiosity driven research allow a virtuous mix of basis and applied research.

Research activities, in particular, are structured in four macro-areas: Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Management and Mathematical Engineering; Civil, Environmental, Architecture and Design Engineering.


The two souls characterizing Departments are research and teaching. Departments indeed carry out duties of coordination, promotion of research, organization and management of the teaching activity, following the recent reform of the University system.

  • DAD - Department of Architecture and Design
  • DAUIN - Department of Control and Computer Engineering
  • DENERG - Department of Energy
  • DET - Department of Electronics and Telecommunications
  • DIATI - Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering
  • DIGEP - Department of Management and Production Engineering
  • DIMEAS - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • DISAT - Department of Applied Science and Technology
  • DISEG - Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering
  • DISMA - Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning


The Politecnico di Torino has long faced the biggest international technical schools in education and research fields. The first agreements date back to nineties and their number increased very soon thanks to collaborations on student mobility.

The University was able to create a true international and multicultural environment and a world research network on the main subjects of reference by strengthening education in English; supporting international mobility of students and teachers; attracting foreign students, doctoral students, and researchers; taking part in combined research projects and programs.

A Politecnico's network of campuses abroad strengthens international relations with countries whose collaboration has strengthened over the years, especially with China, where the Italan-Chinese campus in the Tongji University of Shanghai is active since 2006. The most of the foreign students of the Politecnico are from China and the collaboration with the Asian country recently expanded also to research fields, especially after the creation in Beijing, under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, of the Center EC2 - EU-China Clean Energy Center, for the implementation of the use of renewable energy sources in the country.


The main courses offered are architecture, architectural engineering, industrial design, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, environmental engineering, energy engineering, engineering physics, material engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, nuclear engineering, nanotechnology, production engineering, petroleum engineering, telecommunications engineering and textile engineering.


Research alliances

The Polytechnic has research links with local and international companies, reaching about 700 yearly research contracts with firms such as Thales Alenia Space, Intel, Motorola, Compaq, Ferrari, Fiat, General Motors, Avio, Agusta, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Pininfarina, Bosch, General Electric, STMicroelectronics and Schneider Electric.


The Politecnico di Torino is a member of


In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2012) in "engineering/technology and computer science" category the university was ranked within top 51-75 universities in the world (within top 12 in Europe) [1] and in the same year according to QS World University Rankings among the engineering universities it was ranked 86th (within top 15 in Europe) [2] and for electrical engineering the university was ranked 30th in the world.[3]

Its Automotive Engineering program, conceived in collaboration with Fiat Group, has been consistently ranked among the top three in Europe for the past ten years. Turin is the seat of Fiat, Italy's largest car manufacturer.

Professional opportunities

Most of the graduates find jobs within a year from graduation.[4] A special section called Jobs has been created to improve contact between students and industry.

See also

External links

  • Politecnico di Torino Website (Italian) (English)
  • Politecnico di Torino in Scientific American (English)
  • CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) Website (English)

Notes and references

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Coordinates: 45°03′47.14″N 7°39′39.87″E / 45.0630944°N 7.6610750°E / 45.0630944; 7.6610750

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