In Italy the term "Politecnico" means a state university consisting only of study programmes in Engineering, Architecture and Design.
With 40,000 students, Politecnico di Milano is Italy’s largest institution for Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design and it is ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in its fields. In many disciplines it is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide.
The university has seven campuses located in Milan and in other nearby Italian cities. It is organised in 12 Departments, devoted to research and in 4 Schools, devoted to education.
Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, many programmes are entirely taught in English, thus attracting an ever-increasing number of talented international students, who form a diverse community from more than 100 countries.
Some of the most renown Italian scientists and architects studied and taught at Politecnico di Milano. Among them, Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi, both Pritzker Price, and Giulio Natta, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963.
Politecnico di Milano is member of IDEA League, a strategic alliance among five leading European universities of technology that aims to educate a new generation of Engineers with extra-curricular activities for selected, highly talented students.