USI’s passion for things international goes along with strong ties to its cultural homeland in Italian Switzerland, which, open as it is both to Italy and to the French and German world, serves as an academic bridge between northern and southern Europe.
The growing importance of communication in the modern world is evident in a place where languages, cultures and differing political and economic models come into contact, trade with one another and so spark innovations. The University’s geographical location in the Ticino Canton, a linguistic and cultural border area, has helped the Faculty become established as a place for plurilingual and pluricultural learning and research. Students from more than 80 countries currently inhabit the Lugano campus, which makes for a truly international atmosphere to study and grow in.
It’s been an exciting adventure, full of challenges, risks and sometimes unexpected successes. We have tried to set up a Faculty that can take on communication as a global phenomenon.
The Faculty of Communication Sciences is the only one in the whole panorama of Swiss and European universities to offer a truly all-round training in communication. Communication is tackled in its component parts and its basic dynamics (linguistics, semiotics, sociology and psychology, etc.) as well as in the specifics of its basic contexts of use in our society (media, business and public institutions). The study sequence provides a solid methodological grounding in the communication sciences (statistics, quantitative methods, qualitative methods) which enables a high-level specialisation to be built on firm foundations so that specialists can be trained, in addition to communication all-rounders, to operate in particular sectors.
The high quality of this study programme is partly due to the excellent relationship between teachers and students.
The dynamic way in which students work and compare notes, their constant interaction with scholars and teachers from around the world, and their participation in research projects and workshops throughout their study programme, make for a truly unique learning atmosphere. The Faculty aims to create a scientific community where the students are directly involved and always find an open and professional relationship with teachers, researchers and assistants. That is made possible because of the limited size of the University, which allows scholars and experts to make themselves available to a limited number of students: the teaching staff, including lecturers, assistants and researchers, currently numbers 140 individuals, with a teacher-student ratio of one to five. Similarly, in terms of technological resources, which USI considers particularly important, the average availability is a computer for every three students, offering cutting edge technology and constantly updated software applications.