In 2004, the Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino founded the Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP), restricted to 150 young and exceptionally talented students, selected solely on the basis of merit, among the applicants to the Laurea Magistrale programmes (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Engineering, Architecture and Design at the two universities.
The resulting Community is made up of very motivated and exceptionally qualifiedstudents (about 60% achieved their Bachelor of Science – B.Sc. – degree cum laude) with a passion for innovation, coming from about 20 different countries; more than 1/3 of them are women.
Students participate to multidisciplinary projects, focusing on real and relevant problems, proposed as a collaboration between Universities and external institutions (i.e., firms, governmental or research institutions).
Project teams consist of 5/6 students from different schools and are therefore intrinsically multidisciplinary. Each project team is assisted by tutors with a multifaceted background, selected among the Faculty of Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino as well as among experts of the proposing external institutions. Tutors advice students and periodically review their intermediate results.
Teams are provided with funds that allow them to make study trips, attend conferences, buy books and materials to help develop the project. The project plan and budget is defined by the team and agreed with the tutors.
The ISy WiRe U - Internal Synergies for Wiser Resources Use in University Campuses is being developed in connection to the politoward project. The global imperative to reduce carbon emissions and to improve the sustainability of our activities is compelling. The University clearly must contribute by addressing our own operations, but as a higher education institution we are also ideally placed to influence the future through the education of our students and our world-leading research. The aim of this project is to get all tip-top students to work on a shared vision of future campuses, to facilitate the active participation of the University community in reducing the collective environmental impact. The ultimate strategic objective is to improve the environmental performance of our buildings and the University’s physical infrastructure by moving towards carbon neutral energy performance, adopting environmentally conscious procurement practice, building community resilience and shared goals, reducing resources consumption and eventually engage fully with the student body, to ensure the involvement of all key stakeholders for carbon emission reduction.
In link with the politoward meeting to be held in Cambridge with their University Energy Manager, the ASP team will be welcome in the Churchill college and in the department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge. See the agenda for further details!
PoliTO: Marco Masoero, Stefano Paolo Corgnati, Patrizia Lombardi, Giulia Sonetti, Tiziana Buso, Simona D’Oca, ASP students (PoliTO and PoliMI), Eugenio Morello (PoliMI)
UniCam: Minna Sunikka-Blank, Yeonsook Heo, Xiang Cheng , Dimitra Danstiou