What are institutes?

Institutes are training and research entities supported by a Faculty or several Faculties jointly.

They can be:

  • institutes of the University;
  • institutes affiliated to the University – subject to the University strategies while maintaining administrative autonomy;
  • joint institutes
  • institutes associated to the University – institutional collaboration between the University and the entity in the areas of interest, not involved in the University strategic planning and maintain administrative autonomy.


List of USI institutes

All institutes active at USI in the respective research areas are listed below:



Affiliated institutes


Joint institutes


Associated institutes



Specialised sub-units can be created inside the Institutes (centres, observatories, laboratories), with the aim of carrying out specific research projects (list).