The Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding universities in the world, ranked 24th in the world, 7th in Europe, and 1st in Italy among technical universities, according to QS World University Ranking – Engineering & Technology 2017.
Founded in 1863, it is the largest school of Architecture, Design and Engineering in Italy, with 2 main campuses located in Milan, heart of fashion and design industries, and 5 campuses based around the Lombardy region, one of the most industrialized areas of Europe. Many important scientists and architects studied and taught here; among them Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi - both Pritzker Prize in 1990 and 1998 respectively - and Giulio Natta, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963.
Politecnico di Milano is organized into 12 Departments, responsible for planning of the research strategies, and 4 Schools, responsible for the organization of education, 2 of them covering the fields of Engineering, 1 focused on Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering, and 1 School devoted to Design.
Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, several study programmes are taught entirely in English, attracting an ever-increasing number of talented international students, now forming a diverse community from more than 100 countries. In the academic year 2015/2016, 22% of the students enrolled in Master of Science Programmes were international.
Inter and multidisciplinaryapproaches are fostered throughout the academic career, in particular at the PhD School and the ASP (Alta Scuola Politecnica), a school for young talents from all over the world, who develop their skills in a team work context to pursue complex innovation projects.
Teaching is closely related to research, a key commitment that enables to achieve results of high international standards, while creating connections with the business world. Strategic research is carried out mainly in the fields of energy, transport, planning, management, design, mathematics and natural and applied sciences, ICT, built environment, cultural heritage, with more than 250 laboratories, including a Wind Tunnel (unique in the world for configuration and features), a Crash Test Centre, PoliFAB (the University’s lab for micro and nano production) and PoliFactory, a laboratory where new design processes are developed.