Politecnico at glance
Did you know that Politecnico di Torino is the oldest Polytechnic School in Italy? And that if you study Architecture in Turin you can attend your classes in a real castle, Castello del Valentino? Did you know that the first woman who graduated in Engineering in Italy earned her degree from our university?
The history of Politecnico di Torino (known as PoliTO by the people who work and study here every day) dates back 160 years and it has gone through all the phases of the socio-economic development of our country.
Our University was founded in 1859 from the Engineering School (Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri) and the Italian Industrial Museum (Museo Industriale Italiano) which were later renamed Regio Politecnico di Torino in 1906. Following the model of the most prestigious European Polytechnic Schools, Regio Politecnico di Torino moved in many directions, establishing relations with both the European scientific world and with the local and national industry sector, receiving the contributions of illustrious professors and researchers, such as Galileo Ferraris or, later, Carlo Mollino.
The historical seat of Politecnico is the Savoy residence of Valentino. In November 1958, a new large campus located in Corso Duca degli Abruzzi was inaugurated. Years later, it was further enlarged with the construction of a new area called Cittadella Politecnica. The campus is a place where classrooms, laboratories, education, research and services to the city and to businesses coexist. It also houses research laboratories of big industrial groups and successful start-ups.
Over the time, Politecnico di Torino has increasingly become an international school, where tradition and future, past and modernity intertwine. Today, our University ranks among the top technical universities in Europe according to international rankings, with about 36,000 students, 16% of whom are international students from over 100 countries.
At Politecnico, education and research in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, Design and Planning are integrated in a system that addresses the needs of students with a view to a strong internationalization of teaching, research and technology transfer activities.
Our university works with the best universities and research centres in the world and has signed agreements and contracts with the major international industrial groups to give our graduates real opportunities to enter the world of work. 9 out of 10 Master's graduates are working one year after graduation, with better contracts and higher salaries than the average of Italian graduates (source: AlmaLaurea).
We offer job opportunities based on sound knowledge and on an academic experience that turn into a life experience, as recognized by our students: 80% of them are satisfied with PoliTo education, interaction with faculty and infrastructures (source: CPD 2019-2020 annual report).
Studying at PoliTO means gaining the skills that are required to face change and to contribute to solving the most urgent problems and questions posed by we world we live in.
The sharing of research results with society and the promotion of cultural activities are important values for our university. Politecnico intends to be the centre of a polytechnic education that means research and technology as well as culture (literature, art, music, cinema and much more) in an increasingly multidisciplinary and open perspective.
Student life at Polito
Studying at Politecnico is not only about receiving an innovative and multidisciplinary education. It also means joining a welcoming community where you will experience things that you will remember for a lifetime.
PoliTO is… sport
You will have the chance to practice sports at the facilities of the University Sports Centre. You will be able to join one of Politecnico teams that participate in national and international university sports events and you will be able to work with student teams in the field of sports. Politecnico promotes the PoliTOSport initiative to boost the potential of university sports as an effective tool for education, research, innovation and welfare.
PoliTOSport seeks to promote sports as a tool for social inclusion to overcome ideological and cultural barriers related to gender and nationality. It aims to make sports an integral part of the university experience, a driving force of sociability, integration and sense of belonging by promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and by strengthening the role of sports in scientific research.
PoliTOSport, in cooperation with CUS Torino, Polincontri and other organizations/institutions, offers sports activities and events for students, staff and university teams. The Dual Career project for students/athletes gives the possibility of combining study with competitive sports.
More info at www.sport.polito.it
PoliTO is… sustainability
Aligning itself with the best international universities, Politecnico di Torino seeks to spread awareness of its social role (as individuals and as an institution) through sustainability education. At PoliTO, you will be able to cooperate with our Green Team where faculty, students, administrative staff and researchers work together to make our Campus more sustainable.
The Green Team gathers skills, expertise and information on the Sustainable Development Goals. It coordinates all the activities for the promotion of sustainability at the University and makes sure that the 17 global goals of the 2030 UN Agenda are integrated into our campus management policy and into our education and research activities both at national and international level. For the 2019-2021 period, the Green Team is also the coordinator of the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development.
The actions of the Green Team have an impact not only on our campus but also on our territory. The Green Team 2019 Report describes how our results have triggered widespread initiatives and solutions and shows that "green" development provides opportunities for all stakeholders.
Links to PoliTOSust social media:
PoliTO is… music
You will be able to join or, simply, listen to the PoliEtnico choir, the choir of Politecnico di Torino created in December 2013 from the idea of two professors and two students of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Today, the choir is composed of more than 120 singers among students, teachers, researchers and staff of Politecnico. PoliEtnico participates in many concerts in Italy and abroad. The choir represents an experience of integration and cultural exchange, with about 30% of foreign students from 12 countries around the world.
Watch all PoliEtnico videos: click here
PoliTO is… radio
OndeQuadre - yes, spell it all together! - is the official web radio of Politecnico di Torino.
Born in 2005, it was the first Italian web radio designed at Politecnico. OndeQuadre is an extraordinary communication tool and represents the true amplifier of the voice, potential and vitality of our University.
The radio’s slogan "What you don't expect" summarizes the spirit of our project.
The radio offers music and programs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Visit our website (site www.ondequadre.polito.it) to listen to our radio in streaming and podcast. Find the complete list of programs produced since 2005, as well as news and files of all our collaborators…as the value of people is fundamental and everyone who worked at OndeQuadre has left his/her own contribution.
OndeQuadre is an institutional but informal radio. All programs are produced by our students who receive training and supervision from the Multimedia Office.
At OndeQuadre you can become an radio editor, a speaker or a director: this is a way to gain soft skills and try your hand at teamwork, which will also be useful for your future professional career.
Find our OndeQuadre videos on Youtube
Discover OndeQuadre on social media:
PoliTO is… famous alumni
For over one hundred years, the POLITO ALUMNI Association has been the community of former students, professors and researchers of Politecnico di Torino. It gathers individuals who are proud to be part of Politecnico: directors, CEOs and professionals with prestigious positions in organizations, institutions and companies.
Do you want to know some of their stories? Click here
PoliTO is… large cultural events
At PoliTO you will be able to take part in the major cultural events of the University - contributing to their organization or simply attending meetings and debates.
One among all is Biennale della Tecnologia. After the success of Festival della Tecnologia, organized in 2019 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Politecnico di Torino, this event has become a biennial event (Biennale Tecnologia) creating a strong link with the other cultural event that takes place in Torino every two years, Biennale Democrazia.
The first edition of Biennale Tecnologia took place in 2020 with meetings, debates, exhibitions and online workshops on topics that are having an increasingly important impact on our lives, on research programmes and on government decisions worldwide (the environment, circular economy, sustainable development, intelligent mobility, reduction of water and food waste, fight against poverty, artificial intelligence, new energy sources, just to name a few).
The second edition of Biennale Tecnologia will take took place in November 2022, from 13th to 15th
PoliTO is… Torino
Torino is a city with more than 100,000 students. The average cost of living is lower than other major Italian cities. It is a green city with many parks. Its size makes it a pleasant place to live and easy to move around.
You can breathe history in its streets and buildings. Around the year, the city hosts international events and festivals on cinema, art and music.
The city has maintained its historical features, but at the same time it has also been able to develop productive sectors with a high knowledge content. In addition to its consolidated role as an industrial centre, the city has also become a capital of innovation.
Turin has a strategic position: close to the Olympic valleys for those who love skiing, climbing or hiking; close to the hills of the Langhe for those who love to taste excellent wine; close to Liguria for a nice trip to the coast.
For further information about Torino visit the website www.studyintorino.it