University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Milan and University of Pavia. Multidisciplinary, 180 places, September start date.
The partnership between the University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Milan and University of Pavia responds to the need for “experts in artificial intelligence”. The three-year undergrad programme, entirely in English, will encompass engineering, physics, computer science, philosophy, statistics, mathematics, law, psychology, neuroscience, and logic. The number of students admitted will be 180.
Artificial intelligence is a field of huge scientific interest and growing importance for the development of the country and the new job market. The economic sectors and professional fields all demand advanced, specialised skills in this area.
In this context, the Universities of Milano-Bicocca, Milan and Pavia have worked in synergy to create a new three-year undergrad course: the first Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence, activated from academic year 2021-2022.
The administrative seat will be in Pavia, with lessons held at all three universities.
The innovative and outstanding programme will have an international, intra-university emphasis, and will be the only one in Italy that aligns the three Italian universities with the best educational institutions in the world which already offer advanced learning paths in this area.
Innovation, by definition, must be interdisciplinary; it must arise from the reconfiguration of knowledge and completely transcend the traditional boundaries between realms of knowledge. Artificial Intelligence, the principal focus of this course, is understood as a family of disciplines tied to the overarching objective of improving the quality of life. The programme is entrusted to the teaching staff of the three universities who represent a variety of fields - an innovative approach in itself.
The programme has the goal of educating new professional figures (whether they decide to enter the world of science or compete on the international job market) who are trained to assist private enterprises or public institutions in the technological development of advanced tools of automation and intelligent human-machine interaction.
The new professional figure will be “an expert in artificial intelligence” with knowledge and skills that differ from those possessed by a traditional Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Data Science graduate.
The four professional profiles will be trained to meet the demand for innovation by the public and private sectors: knowledge management in communications and marketing; application to intelligent manufacturing processes; human-environment interaction; and applications to mathematical models and physical technologies.
The programme seeks to create an international study environment thanks to participation of students from other countries. Commencing in September 2021, attendance will be limited to 180 students with 30 places set aside for non-EU citizens. Selection of students will be on the basis of an entrance exam.
For the lessons, which will be held only in English, certification of at least a B2 level will be required. Training will be accompanied by lab activities or internships at the universities, companies or research institutes, with the goal of enhancing students’ abilities to apply the knowledge gained during the course in order to solve theoretical, methodological, technical or application problems.
For the institutions promoting the new degree programme, this is a first step towards a more comprehensive path, starting in 2022, which will include at least one master’s course so that graduates have the opportunity to obtain in-depth training with more specific objectives.