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Guida all'Orientamento 2018

The moment of choice is approaching: what to do after high school diploma?

The Città Universitaria service of the Municipality of Turin has decided to create an orientation guide that can be an efficient help in the delicate transition from the world of high schools to the university one.

The guide presents the educational offer in the area of Turin, explains how to access the degree courses and how the Universities are organized. The University services, websites and infromation booths of the City of Turin that deal with orientation are also listed.

The guide wants to be only a first useful tool for orientation: it is a starting point, for then deepen the information on the sites and tahnks to the online guides of the individual bodies, entering more into the merits of the training offer, the procedures and deadlines for enrollment and of all the news concerning the next academic year.

In the boxes To find out more, you will find all the useful references to access more detailed information.

Download the 2018 Orientation Guide pdf here or consult the #Orientati section of the site.

Fondi ricerca Unito - Regione

There are 5 research projects of the University of Turin that will be financed with about 6 million euros by the INFRA-P that the Piedmont Region has activated for “the construction, strengthening and expansion of public research infrastructures”, to enhance investments and the creation / enhancement of laboratories open to the use by multiple users (research centers and companies) and to develop relevant applications in industry and in the system of businesses.

Thanks to new fundings, the researchers of the University will be able to enhance their research on Artificial Intelligence, Materials Study, Nanotechnologies, Molecular Imaging for Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities.

“The funding of the Region rewards once again the research of the University of Turin”, declares Dean Gianmaria Ajani “and confirms the recent recognition obtained by the MIUR Departments of Excellence. A research that is at the forefront in sectors of the highest value and competitiveness for local companies. In fact, the University has for some time played a decisive role as an engine for the development of the regional production system and commits its researchers to projects at the service of companies. With the awarding of these new funds, the University will make available to the territory its capabilities for the construction of the new Competence Centers within the IMPRESA 4.0 plan. Thanks to a strong synergy with the Polytechnic, the Piedmont Region, the companies and the other institutions, it will be possible to create infrastructures and services that offer great impact in terms of production for the development and the future of our territory “.

“The production methods of the future need new technologies”, says Vice-Dean Silvio Aime, “based above all on the digitalisation of production processes, new economic models, innovative work organization and new internal and external corporate relations. University and Polytechnic, working together can combine their specific skills to find competitive answers to complex needs of great relevance for the business world and for the development of the country “.

The projects awarded by the competition, all characterized by strong multidisciplinarity and technical-scientific innovation, are:

  • HPC4AI – Center of High Performance Computing Competence and Artificial Intelligence Turin

The project wants to build a high performance computing competence center for open and scalable Artificial Intelligence with applications centered in the S3 strategy: health, agri-food, mechatronics, automotive, aerospace. The center is made up of a distributed federation of ODRs that complement the enabling technologies for the operation and sustainability of the center. These include High-Performance Computing (HPC), IoT, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics.

The infrastructure (IR) of the center, consisting of 4 federated green data centers, will be easily accessible through cloud services. To maximize technology transfer, the center will operate by co-designing applications and technological solutions. The center will offer highly specialized support to foster innovation and develop skills in local companies, thus stimulating the expansion of market opportunities.

Total project cost 4.5 million euros.

Funded 1.5 million University of Turin (Coordinator)

Project realized in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin (co-beneficiary)

  • SAX – Advanced instruments for complex systems

The SAX project provides for the extension and expansion of services for companies and research bodies of the NIS Interdepartmental Center of UniTO (, in partnership with DISAT of PoliTO ( through the acquisition of multi-accessory FEG-SEM instruments, for digitized RX microtomography and RX diffractometry, to constitute an innovative instrumental pool at regional and national level for the study of materials and systems of interest for the innovation areas of the production system identified by the regional strategy S3.

The realization of the project extends already existing networking perspectives between the Universities of Turin and their Business Incubators, and opens a new one towards a future regional Competence Center.

Total project cost 2.5 million euros

Funded 1.05 million euros University of Turin (Coordinator)

Project realized in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin (co-beneficiary)

  • PiqueT – Piemonte Quantum Enabling Technology

In the field of enabling technologies (KET), the emerging quantum technologies, evolution of nanotechnologies and photonics, are a strong opportunity for industries to grow and innovate on a wide range of sectors, strategic for the S3 of Piedmont. PiQuET is a technological facility that rationalizes and enhances existing facilities, makes them a common factor in the territory, and acts horizontally on strategic industrial supply chains for competitive growth and productivity. IR operates on synergistic sectors: development of materials, micro / nanostructured devices and sensors, microfotonics and quantum fiber communication, developing innovative systems for the industry and also allowing advanced and safe sensor networks. The OdR share their instruments, complete them with a new and significant investment and place them in a new laboratory with avant-garde plants located at TNE in Turin in Corso Settembrini 178. The IR will be one of a kind in Italy, because it creates a new IR at the state of the art, it creates a critical mass of the skills and tools of the OdR and begins a permanent collaboration between OdR and industry, supporting the industrial take-up, the patents paths and an industrial plan that creates new jobs.

Total project cost 6 million euros

Funded 200,000 euros University of Turin (co-beneficiary)

Project realized in collaboration with the National Institute of Metrological Research Inrim (coordinator) and Polytechnic of Turin (co-beneficiary)

  • EuBI-NodoIM-TO – Strengthening of the Italian Euro-BioImaging Node for Molecular Imaging, Turin Office

The Hub for the Medical Imaging of the European Euro-BioImaing Infrastructure (EuBI) will be based at the Institute of Translational Medicine (IMT, P.zza Nizza, Turin). Connected to the Hub, there will be the Italian Node for Molecular Imaging, dedicated to pre-clinical investigations with the different in-vivo imaging modalities, coordinated by the University of Turin. The investment project involves the acquisition of a scanner for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) operating at 7 Tesla and a PET (SPECT) / CT instrumentation for small animals for the Turin site of the Italian Node of Molecular Imaging (NodoIM-TO). MRI and PET (SPECT) / CT represent the most important imaging techniques in terms of spatial resolution (MRI) and sensitivity (PET). The EuBI Node will use model animals available at the facility of the Molecular Biotechnology Center (MBC-1 and -2).

Total project cost 3 million euros

Funded 1.5 million euros University of Turin

  • 0 – Research infrastructure of humanities, social sciences and humanities for the digital transformation of companies and markets

The project meets the challenge of the multidisciplinary integration of research in the HSSH field in favor of the plurality of processes linked to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, identifying an innovative contribution of the operational research of human, social and humanistic sciences.

The investment project involves the construction of a research hub in the Palazzo Nuovo campus, which guarantees the networking of laboratories and technological equipment of the latest generation for human, social and humanistic research relevant to the business system.

The flexibility of the spaces and equipment provided and the plurality of actors involved in the design (9 departments) guarantee a wide and efficient use of IR and a wide range of services to companies, also through joint planning, maximizing results and minimizing risks, both in economic terms and in relation to the results of research and innovation for growth.

Total project cost 2.87 million euros

Funded 1.44 million euros University of Turin

Polito ChinaDay

Learn Today, China Tomorrow

It is called PoliTO ChinaDay (Learn Today, China Tomorrow) and it is the biggest Italian- Chinese event scheduled at the Polytechnic of Turin, tomorrow, 7th March 2018 at the Sala Consiglio di Facoltà and Aula Magna (at 10 am). The Association CSSA Polito (Association of the students and Chinese students of the Polytechnic of Turin), which is the organizing body, has organized a rich program of initiatives and meetings dedicated to the Chinese culture and the topic of internationalization.

The new Silk Road

The day is part of the “New Silk Road” (Belt and Road Initiative , BRI), a strategic plan of China for improving the links and the cooperation between the countries in Eurasia. The land routes, that cross the Asian continent, and the sea ones, that from Indochina pass through Africa and then reach the Mediterranean, are part of the new Silk Road. The aim of the meeting will be to disseminate and make China better known to Polytechnic students, professors and researchers. The research possibilities and educational offers of Chinese universities will also be presented.

For the Polytechnic of Turin, which ha some relations with the most important Chinese universities, will be the perfect opportunity for sharing and for cultural and academic exchange, the day will also include artistic performances and cultural ceremonies, such as the Tea ceremony.

Schedule of the day

10 am – 10.40 am China, a look at the future. Curated by Pan Zuoke, vice president
of the CSSA association
10.40am – 11pm PoliEtnico Choir Exhibition
11 am – 11.40 am PoliTO in China, challenges and opportunities. Organized by the Area
11.50 am – 12.30 pm Tea ceremony. Organized by the Confucius Institute
12.30 pm – 1 pm Study in China, testimonies and experiences
1 pm – 2 pm LUNCH (Catering offered by CSSA) at the Sala
Consiglio di Facoltà
2 pm – 2.20 pm China, a look at the future. Cured by Pan Zuoke
2.20 pm – 3.20 pm Issue of visas for China. Speech of the Consulate
Chinese in Italy
3.15 pm – 4.05 pm Exhibition of Tai Ji. Organized by the Confucius Institute
Musical performances. Chinese students of the Conservatory
4.10 pm – 4.30 pm Living in China. Speech by the Students Associations
4.30 pm- 5.00 pm Conclusion done by CSSA

Information material will be available at the Hall of the Sala Consiglio di Facoltà
about the most important Chinese universities and on the various mobility opportunities e
collaboration with China.


Ricerca Unito

After the recent acknowledgments obtained by the 23 Departments of the University of Turin as Departments of Excellence from Miur, and from the international ranking THE, that rewards the University for the Clinical and Health, the Arts and Humanities, the Life Sciences and the Physical Sciences, the University of Turin is a world excellence in all 5 broad subject areas even according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, the ranking that evaluates the performance of Universities in different areas of research.

The University has in fact obtained excellent results (among the first 500 in the world) in all 5 macro categories “broad subject areas”: Humanities, technology and Engineering, Life Science and Medicine, Nature Science and Social and Economic Sciences. In particular, the best result was achieved in Life Science and Medicine, where UniTo ranks 189th in the world.

The University of Turin excels in 12 of 48 subject areas of  research: Agriculture, Languages, PharmacyLaw, Medicine, Physics, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics e Computer Sciences.

The number of universities considered in the ranking list of excellences are only a few hundred (top500) among the 1100 that were in the ranking among the 4000 university in the world evaluated for the ranking.

The methodology used by QS in order to do a ranking combines some bibliometric indexes (quotes for the publoication on scientifics journals and H-index, an international index which measures the impact and productivity od researchers) and the results of some reputational questionnaires given to academicians and employers carried out by QS. These last factors, that usually are only a 10% of the final score, have different importance according to different areas, as for example for some scientific or economic sectors where it is the 30% of the final score.

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Progetto "Fuori Corso"

The initiative, thought by some professors of the University of Turin aims to contrast the university dispersion through the “rescue” of off course students (studenti fuori corso), in order for them to “get back on track” and finish their academic studies.

E-mails, phone calls and registered mails with acknowledgment of receipt are the new methods with which the University of Turin, starting from the Department of Law, tried to get in touch with more than a thousand off course students. Of these, almost half of them have been found and invited for an individual interview in which tools and services to help them have been presented.

The results were immediately apparent: almost 146 students started to go to class again, and one third of these has done the exams with success.

In particular, for the academic year 2017-2018, the Department of Law has set up some useful options to help off course students that need to take the last exams in order to achieve the university degree in a short period of time:

  • Remote lessons (online): a way of teaching that allows to have interactive and personalized lessons, that meet the needs of working students that can’t attend classes at the University.
  • Teaching tutor: off course students can ask for the help of a teaching tutor; according to the number of students that take part in the project; UniTo will assess the possibility of having tutors that will have to give ad hoc teaching materials (slides, lecture notes, audio and video recordings, faq, wiki, forum) and weekly self-evaluation exercises.
  • Personalized courses: if the exams that you have to take are not present in the list of the education provided for the academic year 2017-2018, there is the possibility to have some personalized courses, even through the acknowledgment of equivalences.
Shape Energy

In the energy agenda the technical results are more important as compared to consideretions about important human and social aspects. The European project Shape Energy tries to change this attitude promoting a better integration of social and humanistic sciences in projects about energy and transport financed by Horizon 2020 and others.

In February 2018 the Polytechnic of Turin organized two workshops for the coordinators committed to the innovation through collective projects. The participants of the two events have recognized the the added value generated by the integration of social sciences and humanistic subjects in projects about the energy sector finaced by the EU.

Through different innovative methods for the implementation of these workshops called “sandpit”, including storytelling and live-drawing, participants had the opportunity to formulate concrete ideas to imporve the impacts on society, talk about innovative methods for the interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of projects about the energy and transport sector, share the best procedures with a group of multidisciplinary experts from all Europe in a stimulating context in which it is possible to propose ideas for future projects on energy topics.

“It is necessary to look at energy politics from a financial point of view without forgetting their social, environmental, technical, decision-making aspects. To do so, it is pivotal to establish a dialogue between STEM researchers and SSH researchers” explained Professor Patrizia Lombardi, who is in charge of the project for the Polytechnic of Turin.

Among these key matters, that must absolutely be integrated in the Horizon 2020, there are some problems between qualitative and quantitative results, linguistic differences arising from interdisciplinary projects, energy efficacy and users involvement. In particular this last aspect puts into light how important it is to talk to a wider audience in order to make sure that the social impact of the projects in the energy sector is perfectly clear.

Participants have also underlined the importance of social acceptance, of user’s experience and of market researches, which are pivotal elements for the success of the projects. Their implementation from the early stages of the projects adds an additional level of difficulty, but it also makes it possible to increase the efficacy.

“We have to be open to different models of efficacy in order to show the impact that socio-economic sciences and humanistic subjects have on societies” said Andrea Bonaccorsi, lecturer of the keynot speech, of the University of Pisa, Senior Research Fellow at FBK-IRVAPP of Trento.

More than 100 representatives of institutions attendend the two sandpits. They came from 15 Countries: Blegium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Spain and Hungary.

The participants represented a wide and diverse range of projects financed by Horizon 2020 and by the 7th PQ: Ambition; BestRES; Bio-HyPP; BIOROBURplus; BRISK2; CEMCAP; CONSEED; E2District; EMPOWERING; enCOMPASS; ENERGISE; ENLARGE; EnPC-INTRANS; ENTRUST; ESA 2.0; FLEXMETER; GEMex; interGRIDy; IRON; ISABEL; LIMPET; MAGIC-NEXUS; Mobility4EU; MOBISTYLE; NATCONSUMERS; PEMs4Nano; PVSITES; RenGen; ShaleXenvironmenT; SHAPE ENERGY; SHAR-Q; START2ACT; STOREandGO; SWInG; THOMSON; UPGRADE; ZERO-PLUS.


PoliTo scala le classifiche dei ranking

The path recorded in recent years by the Polytechnic of Turin in international rankings is a path that is constantly growing. The University is also among the best technical universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, one of the most accredited international rankings, which highlights the areas of excellence in training and research. The ranking, which is already at the seventh edition, analyzes over 1100 universities and scientific institutions around the world: among these, the Polythecnic ranks 33rd university in the world for the macro-area Engineering & Technology.

An evident growth in the last three years: in 2016, in the Engineering & Technology area, the Polytechnic ranked 66th and the following year it registered already a significant improvement reaching the 52nd place; in 2018, then, a leap forward of almost twenty positions, up to the 33rd, which follows the excellent world ranking in the ranking, again of the QS agency, Graduate Employability Ranking of last September, which saw the Polytechnic at 1st place in the world for Graduate Employment Rate.

In the Ranking presented on 28th February  2018, the University confirms excellent placings in all its business secrtors, ranking among the “Top Universities” of the world in 10 subjects and 3 of the thematic areas (Engineering & Technology, Natural Sciences and Arts & Humanities) present in the QS World University ranking. The parameters taken into consideration concern the Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation, estimated through a statistical survey conducted by QS, the number of quotes present in scientific publications and some bibliometric indexes including the H-index. The performance of the Polytechnic of Turin has significantly improved in particular in the Employer Reputation, where the University earns 10 points, confirming the increased international consideration among companies and factories.

As for the individual areas, the Polytechnic improves its ranking in all three disciplines in which it is part of the Top 50 universities of the world: for Civil & Strucutural Engineering it ranks 34th in the world, gaining a position with respect to the last year; for Architecture / Built Environment moves to position 41 from the 46th in which it was in the 2017 ranking; finally, for Electrical Engineering it earns the 50th place, while in 2017 it was more than in the 50th position. Even in History of Art, a subject introduced in the ranking only this year, the Polytechnic obtained an excellent result, ranking 24th, thanks to its high performance in the Academic Reputation.

Good results also in Computer Science & Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences, in which the University ranks among the 100 best Universities in the world; and in Art & Design, Chemical Engineering and Mathematics, which find the University ranked in the group of the best 150. The other discipline in which the University ranks among the 200 best Universities in the world is Physics & Astronomy.

“I am extremely satisfied with these results, which confirm how in recent years our University has consolidated and considerably increased its international reputation”, underlines dean Marco Gilli, who continues: “The fact that a serious agency as QS has one more time given such gratifying recognition to our Polytecnnic, after the excellent result on the employment status of the graduates who saw us first in the world, confirms that by now the quality of our research and training activities is recognized and appreciated in all our fields of activity , from Engineering, to Architecture and Design “.


On the occasion of political and administrative elections scheduled for Sunday 4th March 2018, in order to make the right to vote easier in the Municipalities of residence of all out of town students, the Universita degli Studi di Torino and the Politecnico di Torino order the suspension of the educational activities in all Universities for Monday 5th March.


Special transportation fees for voters



For those who will take the train to go to vote, there will be discounts for the trains TrenitaliaItalo and Trenord. For Trenitalia, the discounts correspond to 70% of the basic price of the average and long-distance national trains, in second class, both for the outward journey and for the return. In this category are included: Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, Intercity and IntercityNotte.

For those traveling with regional trains, a 60% reduction is expected. The outward journey must be done not before 23rd February 2018 and the return trip not later than 14th March.
Trenitalia also provides an ad hoc fare for international trips to and from Italy on the Eurocity Italy-Switzerland trains, named “Italian elector”. For more information and for all the details on ticket purchase visit, in the Information section.

Italo, on the other hand, offers a 60% discount on the price of Flex or Economy tickets which is valid for all those traveling from 23rd February to 13th March in a Smart or Comfort environment. For more information visit the website

Trenord, operating in Lombardy, has announced that the special electoral fares will provide a reduction of 60% on regional fares on round-trip tickets, in second class. For more details, you can visit the website

For all companies, you will be asked to show on board the electoral card and the identity document on the first way trip and the electoral card with the stamp of the voting on the return trip.



Among the airlines, however, Alitalia is the only one that, thanks to an agreement with the Ministry of the Interior, provides electoral facilities. Specifically: for national flights a maximum discount of 40 euros is possible on the basic price of return ticket, excluding taxes and surcharges. The departure date must be between 24th February and 4th March and the return flight between 4th and 10th March. The verification procedures, which will take place at the check-in, require the same documents of the train journey.


Other means of transport

The Circular 13/2018 issued by the Ministry of the Interior provides other benefits for voters for trips by sea and motorways. For further information visit the website of the Department for Internal and Territorial Affairs.


Francofonia: mappa del francese parlato nel mondo

Francofonia 2018 in Turin: March will be the month of French. The Alliance Française of Turin will be the main character of a series of cultural proposals dedicated to the French-speaking world: a group of speakers that today is around  274 million people, with a forecast of a growth that could reach 700 million people within 2050, making French the second most widely-spoken language in the world.

Alliance Française,  with the cooperation of the Università degli studi of Turin, the Institut français Italia, the Università Italo-francese and the Liceo Francese Jean Giono, has created a timetable of events in different Universities, but also in cultural places like the Cineteatro Baretti. Among the planned initiatives there will be a series of meetings with the authors Anne Tréca and François Beaune, a film screening in original language, a live show and a group dictation.

Hope by Boris Lojkine

  • Friday 9th March at 6pm at the Alliance française Torino

As part of the French cinema in original version (with Italian subtitles) La Rencontre de l’autre, dedicated to the topic of otherness, proposed in collaboration with the Institut français Italia, the Università degli Studi di Torino and Università Italo-Francese, the film Hope by Boris Lojkine (2013) will be screened.

SYNOPSIS: Léonard flees from Cameroon, Hope from Nigeria. After crossing the Sahara they arrive in Morocco where they have to face injustice, racism and violence. Even if they are wary at first, they will learn to know and then to love each other, and together  they will try to meet the challenges of the journey from Southern Morocco to Europe.

  • Free entry until all available seats are taken.

Tier test and promotion at the French Market

  • Friday 9th March and Saturday 10th March, from 3pm to 6pm, in Piazza Vittorio Veneto

In the context of the Mercatino Regionale Francese, there will be Ateliers and free activities for everyone, free level tests and promotions for those who sign up for French courses after taking the test during the event.

  • Free participation until all available seats are taken.

Metamorphosis by Anne Tréca

  • Tuesday 13th March at 5pm at UNITO, Campus Einaudi, Room F4

Cosmopolites , the association of students, presents the Conversation with Anne Tréca, an interview with the French-Italian journalist and the launching of her latest book Les métamorphoses de l’Italie depuis 1945, published by Ateliers Henry Dougier.

La Grande Dictée/ The Big Dictation

  • Wednesday 14th March at 2pm, at UNITO, Aula Magna della Cavallerizza Reale

An educational meeting proposed in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Torino and the Institut français Italia, to confront the French language in writing, through a large group dictation.


  • Thursday 15th March at 6.30 pm, at the Cineteatro Baretti

Magic and illusionism show in French (understandable also by those who don’t speak French) proposed in cooperation with the Liceo francese Jean Giono.

  • Free entry, booking compulsory. More info and booking:

François Beaune, Mediterranean true stories

  • Wednesday 21st March at 10 am, at UNITO, Palazzina Einaudi, room Einaudi 4

The Institut français Italia in cooperation with the Università degli Studi di Torino proposes a meeting with the French writer François Beaune, that will present the project “Histoires vraies de méditerranée”, aimed at collecting stories in the Countries that overlook the Mediterranean.

  • Free entry until all available seats are taken.
Politecnico:estensione no-tax area

Yesterday, 27th February 2018, the Administration Board of the Polytechnic has established the extension of the NO-TAX area, expanding the contributory bracket exempted from the payment of University fees. The decree will involve almost 4200 students, with a cost, by the Polytechnic, of more than one and a half million euros.

This measure has met the efforts of AlterPolis, the student representative list that brought this goal among the points of their electoral program. “The main suggestion on the topic of taxation was exactly the extension of the NO-TAX area”,  explain the students of AlterPolis, adding: “it is a political and social resolution of historical importance: with this measure more than 4 thousand students extra will be exempted from the payment of the fee to the Polytechnic”.

The Brackets  

The Isee brackets exempted from the payment will no longer be of 13500 euros but of 25500 euros. “The Administration Board today approved the proposal that gives a turning point compared to past trends” – explains Marco Rondina, member of the Cda for AlterPolis – “this is a one of a kind event in one of the European Countries where the highest University fees are registered”.

The political Debate

Yesterday, the topic of the right to education was also addressed in political terms: University students, in fact, organized a debate that involved the candidates in the upcoming elections. The debate on the problems and critical aspects of Italian Universities saw the positions of Forza Italia, Partito Democratico and Movimento 5 Stelle at odds with Liberi e Uguali and Potere al Popolo. The first ones have focused of issues such as meritocracy and utility and necessity of supporting school-work alternation system; while the second ones have underlined the risk of creating new generations of unpaid workers.