In the region
In the region USI is:
- a cluster of scientific development
- a generator of economic activity and
- a force capable of attracting and retaining young talents.
For the local community, the University is also a venue for social and cultural activity and for promoting the dialogue between science and society, thanks to its many conferences and the initiatives organised by L’ideatorio, which often collaborates with local schools and institutions.
USI, in addition to its important role of representing the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, offers to the community in general qualified individuals and valuable skills that provide support to economic and social development with, for instance:
- a number of applied studies;
- survey on tourism, economic trends, urban development, public finance and energy;
- the USI Startup Centre;
- a successful biomedical spin-off;
- Il Litorale, an initiative to enable greater permeability between the entrepreneurial and academic worlds and society, supporting regional growth;
- other innovation activities;
- structured collaborations with Ente ospedaliero cantonale, CardiocentroTicino, private clinics and individual physicians who are active in the region in terms of education and research in the field of medicine and biomedicine.
- The House of sustainability project in Airolo. An antenna of USI in the Gotthard Region that aims at becoming a meeting place to think and discuss about sustainability.
More in detail:
With USI, the scientific sector of the Swiss Italian-speaking region has substantially grown.
Both directly and indirectly, the University has in fact favoured:
- the foundation of the The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI);
- the presence in Ticino and the development of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS);
- the development of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, affiliated with USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences);
- the development of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA, affiliated with both USI and SUPSI);
- the development of the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, affiliated with USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences);
- the development of Cardiocentro Ticino research activities (in cooperation with USI Institute of Computational Science through the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology).
The growth of the scientific network that revolves around USI in the Swiss Italian-speaking region is confirmed by the Marcel Benoist Prize awarded in 2011 to USI prof. Michele Parrinello, and by the 22 ERC grants, prestigious European research funds, that have been awarded to active researchers in Ticino. The list of ERC is available at this page.
USI’s presence and, in general, the development of the scientific sector in the Swiss Italian-speaking region also provide direct and short-term financial benefits.
Overall, every Swiss Franc invested in USI by Canton Ticino produces a turnover of 3.2 Francs in favour of the territory, mostly from:
- public funding for education and research from the Confederation, other Cantons, and the European Union;
- turnover from the purchase of good and services on the territory;
- turnover from students;
- turnover from congress tourism.
Economic and social development
USI supports the local economic and social development directly through innovation activities that foster entrepreneurship and technology.
In wider terms, through its training activities, research and transfer of knowledge, USI offers qualified individuals and valuable skills to provide support and to cooperate with local institutions and companies:
- on mandates given by the Canton, observatories dedicated to tourism, to economic trends, and to public finances and energy are active at USI Institute for Economic Research ;
- In the field of medical training, USI cooperates systematically with the Ente ospedaliero cantonale (EOC), private hospitals, and individual doctors, and with CardiocentroTicino for the application of computational sciences in medicine;
- USI Academy of Architecture offers consulting services in the field of land design and urban planning, in particular through the teaching and research activities of Laboratorio Ticino and Osservatorio dello sviluppo territoriale (OST-TI, in cooperation with the Canton);
- Overall, USI research centres draw up 60 studies for companies and institution in Ticino and Switzerland during an academic year (on average);
- a number of companies and institutions from Ticino and Switzerland welcome USI students for an internship;
- concerning field projects, USI Master students draw up a number of projects to foster the development of companies and institutions active in Ticino and Switzerland each academic year.
Image and identity of the Swiss Italian-speaking region
USI has guaranteed and still guarantees the presence of the Swiss Italian-speaking region around the world and brings the world to the Swiss Italian-speaking region. This is possible thanks to its educational and research projects, its international conventions and other activities, and most of all thanks to its students and professors hailing from 100 countries, its graduates who work in companies and universities all over the world, and to its internationally renowned professors.
As the sole Swiss university of Italian language and culture, through the activities of the Institute of Italian studies (ISI), USI also supports the cultural dignity of the Italian-speaking region of the Confederation. It is in fact committed to the protection of a heritage - that of Italian language, literature and civilisation - which is not only a pillar of Swiss plurality, but also a heritage of beauty for humankind.
Young spirit cuddles the city
USI brings young people to the territory who would otherwise be elsewhere: a supply of energy that helps keeping our region dynamic.
The University is also a presence in the urban fabric: a reference for the community, a place to kick back and go for a walk, a “bench on which one can fall in love”. USI campuses of Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona represent a hug to the community, and ground for reflection, civilisation, and memory.