Education and Training
Three major universities and a private one provide the backbone to Piemonte's education system in technical subjects, the sciences and humanities: the University of Torino, the University of Eastern Piemonte, the Politecnico di Torino and the University of Gastronomic Sciences. A vast spectrum of disciplines and courses are provided, from traditional ones to the most innovative. Over 100 schools offer specialist and vocational courses, private centres and post-graduate education institutes help young people and the labour market to meet in all areas. Numerous international training centres are also located in Torino.
The University of Torino has about 60,000 students, 1,300 teachers and 800 researchers, 12 faculties, 8 university schools, 55 departments. The University has a wide-ranging network of exchanges and co-operation with other university centres in Italy, Europe and around the world; it offers 7 bi-national degrees and about 40 agreements on international PhDs. These agreements involves mainly France, Germany, Russia, Poland and Latin America.
The Politecnico di Torino, with sites in Alessandria, Aosta, Biella, Ivrea, Mondovì and Vercelli, is a leading technical/scientific education and research institution, closely integrated with the business world and rated seventh european technical universities by the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education.
The Politecnico di Torino's current internationalisation policy makes it a magnet for international education, aiming to stimulate agreements and exchanges with institutions in strategic geographical areas, such as Latin America, the Mediterranean, South-East Asia. Relations with the USA and Canada concern chiefly research.
Moreover The Politecnico is carrying out a strategic development program, with the Business Research Center: a place not only for academic learning but an attractor of major investments in research by multinational.
The University of Eastern Piemonte "Amedeo Avogadro", the region's second university, is present in three cities, with about 10,000 students, 7 faculties, and 50 courses.
The University of Gastronomic Sciences, backed by Slow Food, is the world's first university entirely dedicated to food and wine. Its main site is in Pollenzo (Cuneo) and the first courses started in October 2004.