Research at the heart of La Statale’s public mission

The University of Milan is a leading Italian university for investment in research infrastructure and human capital: two essential elements for tackling the complex challenges of knowledge in a rapidly changing social and industrial context.

As a public institution concerned with the development and progress of knowledge, the University has always been committed to research projects that influence the quality of life of citizens. Research at the University of Milan is mostly conducted in the departments and the many specialised structures, favouring the creation and growth of networks of collaboration locally, nationally and internationally. Scientific activity involves the whole academic community from professors, researchers, doctoral students, fellowship-holders and fellows to undergraduates, in an ideal quest for new ideas.

All members of the scientific community of the University of Milan, from winners of prestigious European Research Council competitions to students, are working to produce new knowledge. Research opportunities are many and can be found throughout the period of education and in university careers. La Statale promotes excellence in research and attracts talent nationally and internationally through investment in specific actions that range from incentivising the careers of researchers and research personnel, to support in competitions for research funds, with support structures created especially to consolidate and implement all research activities.

The University promotes and valorises specific training of young researchers in different cultural and scientific fields, offering doctoral-period grants and scholarships intended to recruit and place young scholars in the world of university research and foster the professional growth of those already with experience in scientific studies. The University favours participation in research groups and projects through periodic offers of research fellowships and scholarships for promising graduates with a view to specific training and research in its many departments.

At “La Statale” professes many different disciplines covering three major areas of knowledge. The classification into Life Science LS, Social Sciences and Humanities SH and Physical Sciences and Engineering PE is that used by the European Research Council, the leading research funding body in Europe.

The University’s strategic framework reflects a deep commitment to promoting scientific research and its social impact, which involves an open and continuous process of communication, collaboration and exchange between itself and society, governmental institutions, funding bodies, and the world of business and services. The University aims in particular at:

  • strengthening the University’s main research actors and their capacity to best reflect the University’s strategic objectives
  • increasing its capacity to attract talented researchers from abroad and in all scientific areas
  • enhancing disciplinary interactions across research areas by promoting the integration between technical-scientific, biomedical, humanistic, social and legal skills, in a European vision of open, inclusive and responsible science
  • supporting the modernization of its laboratories by means of long-term investments in the development of large, technologically advanced infrastructure.

Source: University of Milan

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