Politecnico in Milan is a complex and articulated structure, which has to guarantee the operation of teaching for over 43,000 students and research for about 1,300 lecturers.
The main point of reference for the whole University is the Rector, who presides over both the Academic Senate (the University's policy-making body) and the Board of Directors (manages the budget and buildings). They are the central bodies of Politecnico, and are unique for the whole University.
There is also a fundamental distinction in the organisation of the Poli: the Departments deal with research, while the Schools, which deal with teaching, group together the various Courses of Study (e.g. the School of Industrial and Information Engineering brings together industrial, computer, electronic, telecommunications and automation engineers). SchoolsThe Departments are responsible for research, while the Schools, which are responsible for teaching, group together the various courses of study (e.g. the School of Industrial and Information Engineering brings together industrial, computer, electronic, telecommunications and automation engineers). In particular, the decision-making bodies of the Courses of Study and the Schools work together to define the programmes and the study manifestos, deciding, for example, the examinations to be taken in each course, the requirements for admission to a Master's degree, etc.
What about the students? The students, who are represented on the central bodies, in the Schools and in the Courses of Study, as well as intervening in aspects related to teaching, have a say on all the most important issues: fees, funding of cultural activities, student services, University communication, right to study, building.
In recent years, the cooperation with the university administration has been very fruitful: for example, despite the decrease in state funding, we have managed to secure scholarships for all eligible students. In addition, we have achieved the opening of study spaces in the evenings and at weekends, the publication of exam calendars further in advance, the installation of microwaves for student use and much more.
Twice a month you will receive by e-mail the Politamtama newsletter service that will keep you up to date on the work of the representatives and on all the cultural and sporting initiatives organised by the student associations, the University and the Career service (meetings with companies)... stay tuned!
Would you like to know more about Politecnico? The University, of which you are a young and up-and-coming freshman, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, and at blog.150.polimi.it you will find people, anecdotes, places and milestones in the history of Politecnico in Milan!