"To compete in the knowledge economy, which is made up of ideas, innovation and science, Italy must deeply rethink its university and research system": Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, March 2nd summarizes yesterday's debate, March 1st, live with the Alumni of the Politecnico di Milano.
In the virtual and classroom (between virtual and digital, in connection between Milan and the USA), Roger Abravanel (Director Emeritus McKinsey, advisor and essayist), the rector Ferruccio Resta, the president Alumni Politecnico di Milano Enrico Zio and the Alumni Paolo Bertoluzzo (CEO Nexi), Elena Bottinelli (AD IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi) and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (The Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of EECS, University of California, Berkeley) discuss it.
The speakers comment on the importance of investing in the university-research-industry system, with a focus on the difference between teaching universities and research universities, and identifying young researchers as an important development lever. Resta comments: "Since 2017 we have invested a large part of free resources precisely in this, increasing the number of doctoral students by 50% and that of researchers by 25%", and concludes by opening the discussion on some possible structural reforms, in particular that of increasing the autonomy of universities in the management of funding and that of opening up more and more to international alliances.
Soon the video of the event will be uploaded, a part of the Alumni Politecnico di Milano Digital Talks cycle: meetings with Alumni and experts from all over the world to talk about research, professional developments in today's world and themes of innovation, human capital, entrepreneurship and society.