The Rectorate is one of USI’s central bodies together with the University Council and the Academic Senate.

The Rectorate ensures the overall smooth functioning of the University and elaborates planning and development acts.


Members and functions

The Rectorate comprises of the Rector, the Pro-Rectors, the Secretary General, and the Administrative Director.

Its functions are stated in the Statute of the Università della Svizzera italiana (in Italian).

The Rector's Delegate for Research Analysis, the Executive Management Coordinator and the Adjunct Administrative Director also participate in the meetings of the Rectorate.


Current members:

Boas Erez

Rector of the Università della Svizzera italiana and Vice-President of the University Council

Graduated in 1981 from the Liceo Cantonale (scientific lyceum) in Lugano, and continued his studies at the University of Geneva where he obtained a degree in mathematics in 1985 and, in 1987, a Ph.D. in mathematics. From 1985 to 1990, he was an assistant at the same university, before moving to Harvard University where he was Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, he was appointed Full professor of mathematics at the University of Bordeaux, where he held several executive positions at the level of institute, faculty, commissions, programmes, doctoral committees and international scientific projects. Prof. Erez was time and again a Board member of the University of Bordeaux 1, and was also vice-president of the university from 2005 to 2008. Prof. Erez is the author of numerous quality scientific publications and has regularly organized international activities in his subject field. He has great experience in the coordination of joint international projects in higher education. As of September 1st, 2016, Prof. Boas Erez is Rector of the Università della Svizzera italiana.

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Lorenzo Cantoni

Pro-Rector for Education and Students' Experience

Lorenzo Cantoni is Full Professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, where he is director of the Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication. He is director of the Master in Digital Fashion Communication and member of the board of the Master in International Tourism. His research interests are where communication, education and new media overlap, ranging from computer mediated communication to usability, from eLearning to eTourism and digital Fashion, from ICT4D to eGovernment. He is chair-holder of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI in 2013. Lorenzo Cantoni has been Dean of the Faculty (2010-2014) and President of IFITT - International Federation for IT in Travel and Tourism (2014-January 2018). He participates in the University Council sessions without voting rights. 

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Michele Lanza

Pro-Rector for Information Development

Michele Lanza is Full Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Informatics, which he co-founded in 2004. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2003 at the University of Bern, received the prestigious European Ernst Denert award for best thesis in software engineering of 2003. Prof. Lanza received the Credit Suisse Award for best teaching in 2007 and 2009. At USI Prof. Lanza directs the Software Institute and the REVEAL research group, working in the areas of software visualization, evolution, and analytics. He authored more than peer-reviewed 100 articles and the book Object-Oriented Metrics in Practice. Prof. Lanza is involved in a number of scientific communities, and has served on more than 80 program committees. He is president of CHOOSE (the Swiss Object-Oriented Software Engineering society). He was program co-chair of ICSM (the IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance) in 2010, of MSR (the Working Conference on Mining Software Repositories) in 2007 and 2008, of VISSOFT (the IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization) in 2009, of IWPSE (the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution) in 2007. He was General Chair of ESUG 2007 (15th International Smalltalk Conference). He is steering committee member of ICSM, MSR, VISSOFT, Softvis, and IWPSE. He participates in the University Council sessions without voting rights.

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Daniela Mondini

Pro-Rector for Research in the Humanities and Equal Opportunities

Daniela Mondini is Full Professor at the USI Academy of Architecture. She teaches and conducts research at the Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA) and at the Institute of Italian Studies (ISI). She studied History of Art and History at the University of Zurich and the Università La Sapienza in Rome; she was an assistant and SNSF researcher of the University of Zurich (2002 PhD; 2010 Habilitation). She has lectured at the Technische Universität München, the Hochschule der Künste in Zürich, the ETH Zurich and the University of Bern. She was responsible for the project funded by the SNSF From Ravenna to Vals. Light and Darkness in Architecture from the Middle Ages to the Present. Prof. Mondini is currently responsible with Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi (University of Zurich) for the SNSF-funded project The Churches of Rome in the Middle Ages 1050-1300. She participates in the University Council sessions without voting rights.

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Cristina Largader

Administrative Director

Cristina Largader (1966, Swiss citizen) holds a degree in Business Adminstration, obtained in 1992 at Bocconi University in Milan. In 2002, she joined the Fondazione Cardiocentro Ticino as Head of Finance and Management Accounting, and, in 2011, she was appointed Deputy Director. In her role at the Cardiocentro Ticino, Ms Largader implemented a series of new and more efficient processes in several units of the clinic, including the reorganisation of human resources management which contributed to making the Cardiocentro one of the best employers in Switzerland. Previously, Ms Largader was, among other roles, Head of Management Accounting at the Aziende Industriali (AIL) of the City of Lugano (1997-1999) and, from 1999 to 2002, Deputy Director of the Finance Department at the Public administration of the Canton Ticino. As of July 2017, Cristina Largader is the Administrative Director of USI.

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