Welcome to all of you who have decided to come and study at the University of Milano–Bicocca, Italy.
Ours is a young, dynamic and multidisciplinary university, which in the space of ten years has created an extensive network including many world-famous universities, research centres and top corporations. We are offering courses – Bachelors, Masters, PhD - that will prepare you to brave the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Students, researchers and professors have come together at our University with ideas, enthusiasm, and talents, and with the intention of creating a brighter future.
The University of Milano—Bicocca turned 10 in 2008 but our history is richer than it may seem by this relatively young age. It was instituted on June 10, 1998, to serve students from Northern Italy and take some pressure off the over-crowded original University of Milan. During this early period we did not have officially nominated teaching staff. Groups of professors and researchers chose to come and participate in the project. They were driven by their enthusiasm for the new, and by the chance to broaden academic horizons without having their work undermined by traditional methods of education. From the start, this very fertile climate became a unique training ground, which offered something new even for the most traditional disciplines.
The University stands in an area on the northern outskirts of Milan which, until the late 'Eighties, was occupied by the Pirelli tyre industrial complex. This area is now the location of the biggest urban renewal project ever carried out in Milan since the end of the Second World War. Based on a design by the world-renowned ‘Gregotti Associati International' design and architecture firm, the ex-industrial area and its warehouses were quickly converted into a new district, which includes our Athenaeum, research laboratories and student residence halls, the Arcimboldi Theatre, the temporary location of the La Scala theatre during its renewal tenure, the state National Research Council (CNR), multinational company offices and the new headquarters of the Pirelli Group, as well as new homes and sports centres, shops, a large multi-screen cinema, and a park with the ‘Collina dei ciliegi' (cherry-tree hill).
In this cityscape the University of Milano—Bicocca arose and hundreds of lecturers brought with them their skills, international networks and research groups. This synergy makes the University a laboratory where tradition and modernity are fused to bring about an innovative future.
The name Bicocca derives from the historic Villa Bicocca degli Arcimboldi (located at # 202, viale Sarca), a mid-15th century rural residence of the Arcimboldi family, which now belongs to a financial holding company. In the heart of the Bicocca quarter, University buildings are characterized by red walls and white window shutters: the main complex facing the squares Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo and Piazza della Scienza is made of two pre-existing Pirelli warehouses.