Established in 1859, POLITO is the oldest technical University in Italy. For more than 150 years it has been one of the most prestigious public institutions in Italy for education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering. Ranking among the first twenty European technical universities, it is worldwide recognized as a high quality centre for education and research. At POLITO 900 Professors and Researchers carry out research and provide education to 34.000 students, of which 5.000 international from 100 different countries.
At the graduate level, POLITO offers 23 BSc, 29 MSc and 17 PhD courses, many of which in English.
Since 2002, Politecnico di Torino has developed project to enhance women presence in Engineering university and overcome the image of the engineer as a predominantly male figure.
- PoliWo – PoliTo for Women: in line with the objective “Education” of the new Strategic Plan 2018-2024, in order to raise the average percentage of female students enrolled in first year of engineering programmes and to achieve full gender equality in some degree programmes, the project provides for the adoption of positive actions aimed at removing the obstacles that prevent the realization of equal opportunities.
We Are HERe (https://www.weareherepolito.it/) is the new communication campaign endorsed by Politecnico di Torino as a part of the project to promote enrollment in Engineering courses by women.
- TEACH group (Teaching Engineering Avant-garde Challenge Host, http://www.teachgroup.polito.it/): created in 2017 with the aim of analyzing the teaching experience ongoing at the Politecnico di Torino. In the meantime, by looking at local and international panorama we discover a thriving network on “Engineering Education Research (EER)”, the related research field. This is a multi-disciplinary sector in which are considered all the implications that engineering has in education, from kindergarten to the lifelong learning.
Considering the 5 key topic areas of EER, current research topics interested in the group are:
- Engineering Learning Mechanisms: Research on engineering learners’ developing knowledge and competencies in context, in particular by looking at the research in Spatial Abilities.
- Engineering Learning Systems: Research on the instructional culture, institutional infrastructure, and epistemology of engineering educators. Particular attention has lecturers teaching skills improvements and teaching experimentations.
- Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness: Research on how diverse human talents contribute solutions to the social and global challenges and relevance of the engineering profession. Our focus is on reverse inclusion and special supports paths for talented students.
Engineering Assessment: Research on, and the development of, assessment methods, instruments, and metrics to inform engineering education practice and learning, in particular about admission test validation and innovative assessment methods.