Well-known as the 1st Italian school on the  »Times Higher Education 2012 International Ranking », the University of Milan stands as a key actor of the academic national landscape. Through the expertise of 2 000 teachers, it provides interdisciplinary programs for its 64 000 students to better break through the labor market. Marino Regini, former vice-rector of the university and delegate to relationships with the LERU, highlights the pros of being a  »Milanese student » to strengthen employability.

The main campus facade © Vaclav Sedy, 2007

The main campus facade © Vaclav Sedy, 2007

A humanistic academic approach
In times of economic drawbacks throughout Europe, the University of Milan enhances cutting-edge research and academic programs on Economics, Social Sciences or even Medicine, to educate highly-skilled students. Working on major topics such as bio medics or agrofood for instance, the establishment is also willing to improve their employability.  »Our philosophy is that every student should be able to get a job suiting his passions and expectations. That’s why we implement a generalist, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary view of the university offering a wide range of degree programs, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students. They’ll be knowledgeable enough to boost their employability into many professional sectors. » Using its connection with LERU partners, the university continuously exchanges best practices to the benefit of both Master and PhD training into its 31 research departments.  »We’re engaged into Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) as well as in hard sciences. We aim at making students and teachers aware that we can’t tackle scientific issues without understanding social phenomena and psychology mechanisms. Therefore we encourage scientists, managers and even lawyers to implement research incentives by sharing their knowledge. »

 

Organizational behavior to lever up employment
Even though the added value of an academic long-term degree is unlikely to be seen in times of job crisis, the university underlines its proximity with industrial firms seeking for young Italian graduates.  »Our main objective is now to strengthen our students soft skills – namely to teach them management skills such as working with a team or exercising leadership – which are highly appreciated by our industrial partners. Apart of a technical knowledge, these practical aspects should necessarily be developed to become even more efficient on the labor market. The key issue for our graduates is to apply a theoretical background directly on a professional landscape. »
The University of Milan also encourages its numerous researchers working into more than 200 laboratories to measure the impact of their work on the economic and professional areas.  »A biologist may know everything about his academic field, yet he won’t be professionally efficient without knowing the economic, politic or social impact of his scientific results. This global knowledge we constantly vehicle to our students is compulsory in order to become a flexible, versatile and skilled worker. Wide academic backgrounds coupled with organizational  »know-how » remain the best way to become even more attractive during hiring process. »

 

OveralL :
• Founded in 1924
1st place in Italy, 228th in the world (Times Higher Education Ranking)
64 000 students into 8 faculties
31 research departments
• More than 20 000 research publications in the last 3 years

 

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