The Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic) was founded as institution in 1906, but its origins go back further. It was preceded by the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers) founded in 1859 after the Casati Act, and by the Museo Industriale Italiano (Italian Industry Museum) founded in 1862 under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry. The first one, born in the University context, showed the way of research and higher education to technical studies. The second one addressed more directly to the situation of a country that was about to begin a new industrial era. Famous scholars and researchers, authorities in different subjects with characters to match, gave a decree to new subjects such as Electrotechnics and Building Science. They were the first to have a vision of founding a school which dealt with the needs of people and society.
In 1859 Valentino Castle (Castello del Valentino) was given to the Technical School for Engineers, nowadays Politecnico di Torino, which owns the Castle. Following the model of the most famous European Polytechnic Schools, at the beginning of the 20th Century the Regio Politecnico di Torino moved in different directions. It began to contact both the European scientific world and the local and national industries. Aeronautics was born and in the new laboratories, from Chemistry to Architecture, young people, who came to Turin from all over Italy, were building their professional future in a lively and creative atmosphere.
In November 1958 the big complex in Corso Duca degli Abruzzi was opened and it expanded thanks to the enlargement of the Cittadella Politecnica, a campus where classrooms, laboratories, education, research, and services to the town coexist.
The Politecnico di Torino, which in 2009 celebrated its 150th academic year from its foundation, has become over the years an international school, where traditions and future, past and modernity are all interlinked.
The Politecnico di Torino is a leading institution for the study of engineering and architecture both in Italy and abroad. It is listed as one of the top 100 European technical universities. Out of 35,000 students, 68% come from outside the region and it has the highest percentage of international enrolments (approximately 16%) in Italy. Students can choose to follow courses entirely in English or to obtain qualifications which are recognized in many countries which include study periods abroad, thanks to close collaboration with the most prestigious universities in the world.Show less
Politecnico di Torino is a “Research University” that is particularly focused on the balanced development of fundamental and applied research. The Departments coordinate research in four macro- areas: Industrial Engineering; Information Technologies; Management and Matemathics for Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. The vocation of Politecnico for high quality research is expressed in the pursuing of three main strategic objectives:Promoting high quality research and the talent of researchersIncreasing the impact of research on societyStrengthening an international scientific communityShow less
The Office of Career Services of Politecnico di Torino helps students and graduates to connect with the labour market. It offers job opportunities in Italy and abroad, recruiting events and career counselling. More information
Students and teaching
School of architecture: Castello del Valentino
32.000 students (A.Y. 2012/2013)
42% students from outside Piedmont
16.5% international students
4,900 first year students (A.Y. 2012/2013)
12% first year international students
400 Specialization Master students
633 PhD students (A.Y. 2012/2013)
28 Degree programs (first cycle level – Bachelor)
32 MS Degree programs (second cycle level – Master)
18 Courses completely in English
6 I level Specialization Masters
27 II level Specialization Masters
24 PhD programs
6 Advanced training programs
1 Specialization program
5,371 graduates in 2012
2,802 first cycle (Bachelor) level graduates
(average age: 24 years old)
2,569 second cycle (Master) level graduates
(average age: 26 years old)
Employment rate of second cycle (Master) students one year after graduation (Almalaurea – def. ISTAT-Workforce): 74.5% (above the national average of 60%) 42% have permanent contracts (above the national average of 34%)
Research activities, in particular, are structured in four macro-areas: Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Management and Mathematical Engineering; Civil, Environmental, Architecture and Design Engineering.
The two souls characterizing Departments are research and teaching. Departments indeed carry out duties of coordination, promotion of research, organization and management of the teaching activity, following the recent reform of the University system.
General Motors Powertrain Europe: A research facility within the school involved in hybrid and diesel engine development
DAD – Department of Architecture and Design
DAUIN – Department of Control and Computer Engineering
DENERG – Department of Energy
DET – Department of Electronics and Telecommunications
DIATI – Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering
DIGEP – Department of Management and Production Engineering
DIMEAS – Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
DISAT – Department of Applied Science and Technology
DISEG – Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering
DISMA – Department of Mathematical Sciences
DIST – Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning