The Politecnico di Torino was among the first Italian universities to believe in internationalization investing great resources and efforts to enhance its role in the strategic policies.
The development of a course catalogue in the English language, the support to international mobility, the opening of a Department focused on internationalization and attraction of foreign students, PhDs and researchers, the participation to joint projects and research programs: all this elements contributed in creating a truly international and multicultural university.
The increasing number of international students (currently 16% of the overall number of enrolled students) confirms that the efforts were successful.
On the other hand the international network created upon relationships and agreements with high level universities provides the students of Polito the chance to carry out education periods abroad that will prove valuable in terms of future career opportunities.
Concerning students' attraction the new challenge of the Politecnico for the future will focus on entrance examination directly organized in the strategic areas of interest (Asia, Latina America and Mediterranean area countries); the best applicants will be awarded with a considerable financial support. In this framework joint programs with international partners and multidisciplinary PhD courses still hold their importance.
A fundamental role is also played by the promotion of the Internationalization of Polito's faculty, which is pursued by offering positions in strategic areas of the Politecnico di Torino to excellent researchers from abroad with internationally recognized reputation.
With this aim, Politecnico has invested substantial resources to support a call for proposals to attract Visiting Professor and to allocate research grants to international faculty (starting grant).
Moreover, the Call for Joint Projects for the Internationalization of Research promotes the mobility of Politecnico di Torino's research groups towards partner universities abroad, further strengthening the relationships with faculty of top-level institutions.
Politecnico di Torino also strives for a prominent role beyond national borders, not only by establishing Polito campuses abroad, such as the Sino-Italian Campus at Tongji University in Shanghai, which this year celebrates 10 years of ongoing activities and the Campus in Tashkent (Turin Polytechnic University), but also opening hubs and labs focused on specific fields that meet local demands.
The most promising initiatives have been carried out in Asia, such as the South China-Torino Collaboration Lab in cooperation with the South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou launched in 2015 and also the Malaysia-Italy Centre of Excellence for Mathematical Sciences (MICEMS), opened in 2016 in Kuala Lumpur.