The Polytechnic of Turin is growing and is a candidate to play a key role in the post-pandemic

The Polytechnic of Turin is growing and is likely to play a key role in the post-pandemic. 2021, thanks to the 80 million coming in the next three years – 30 from the Region, 20 from Mise, 5 from the Chamber of Commerce, 5 from the Cottino Foundation, 20 from the Ministry of Education – it will be “a turning point” for the construction of structures and infrastructures such as the City of Manufacture in Mirafiori, the City of Aerospace, the Digital District, the Circular Economy Park and the Valentino Campus on Heritage and Urban Regeneration. The rector explained Guido Saracco speaking of the themes at the center of the inauguration of the Academic Year 2020/2021.

«In this critical period – explains the rector – the Polytechnic of Turin, with Piedmontese universities and experts from all over Italy, has spent a lot of energy to support the country in facing the pandemic. But it will be able to do even more “for the future restart of our economy”.

Saracco tells of a solid university with 36,000 students, 61% of whom come from outside the region and from abroad; 50 courses between first and second level of training, 16 doctoral courses for almost 1,000 doctoral students; 95 million euros received on 248 projects of the European Horizon 2020 program; 939 patents filed and 62 spin-offs established.

Positive balance sheet

Dad’s twelve-month balance at the Politecnico «is positive, even with its difficult moments, overcome thanks to competence, professionalism, investments and also the collaboration of students and teachers. In February 2020, the Politecnico was one of the first universities in Italy to be structured to be able to guarantee lessons, exams and graduation sessions remotely. It was a huge organizational and financial effort, with total investments of over 5 million euros.

The numbers confirm the positive results of these efforts: already in October, there were about 25,000 average users connected per day, compared to 18,000 in June. The same increase is found for online exams: from 500 exams per day in April 2020, we go to 1,000 / 3,000 exams per day in September, which rise to 5,000 / 7,000 in January 2021.

Carignano, symbolic occupation against closure

The Teatro Stabile di Torino adheres to the initiatives promoted by Cgil, Cisl and Uil, Unita (National Union of Audiovisual Theater Interpreters) and Continuous Emergency Coordination by keeping the lights of the Carignano Theater on today from 19.30 to 21.30 and hosting tomorrow in the theater a delegation of the Coordination for a symbolic occupation. And on 24 February, exactly one year after the theaters have closed, the Carignano Theater opens its doors to the city for cultural visits in collaboration with the Fai.

“In this period – says the president of the TST, Lamberto Vallarino Gancia – we feel close to all the workers in the sector and therefore we gladly join the initiative ‘Let’s light up the theater’ as well as the project to open Carignano to the public as it deals with a heritage like a museum. Ours – he adds – like all theaters in Italy closed a year ago, with serious repercussions on the employment of artists and technicians, and on the quality of life of the community, even if we have never stopped our business. Unfortunately, the government still believes that the health conditions for a safe recovery do not exist ”.

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