- Bocconi University
name =Bocconi University
native_name =Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
10 November 1902
type = Private
staff =1369 "(as of November 2006)"
rector =Prof Angelo Provasoli
undergrad =7267 "(as of October 2006)"
postgrad =3671 + 735 SDA
calendar = Semester
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EQUIS, Association of MBAs, CEMS, CFA
website = [http://www.unibocconi.it/ www.unibocconi.it] [http://www.unibocconi.it/eng EN]
publictransit =M3 Yellow Line: Porta Romana
TramwayLines: 9, 29, 15
Bocconi University (full official name in Italian Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi) is a private university located near the city center of
Milan, Italy, not far from the Porta Ticinese, and was established in 1902.
It is recognized as one of Europe's leading institutions in
businessand economic education.Bocconi grants B.S., M.B.A.and Ph.D.degrees, offers numerous executive courses and customized Masters, conducting them both in English and Italian language, in addition to a range of full double degrees, at both undergraduate and graduate level, with international institutions such as the Fudan Universityin Shanghai, the CEU Business Schoolin Budapest, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, ESADEin Barcelona, the HEC School of Managementin Paris, and the University of Californiasystem.
The university has been ranked among the top 20 best
business schools in the world by The Wall Street Journalinternational rankings, especially thanks to its M.B.A.program, which in 2007 placed it no. 17 in the world in terms of graduate recruitment preference by major multinational companies [ [http://mba.sdabocconi.it/home/main.php?id=12001&ym=2007-09 Conferenze, ospiti, news ed eventi legati agli MBA della SDA Bocconi | MBA SDA Bocconi ] ] . Forbeshas ranked Bocconi no.1 worldwide in the specific category Value for Money [ [http://www.oie.gatech.edu/sa/programs/show.html?id=bocc Gatech :: OIE :: GT Study Abroad Programs ] ] . In May 2008, Bocconi overtook several traditionally top global business schools in the Financial Times Executive educationranking, reaching no. 5 in Europe and no. 15 in the world [ [http://www.corriere.it/vivimilano/cronache/articoli/2008/05_Maggio/12/sda_bocconi.shtml Sda Bocconi supera London Business School - ViviMilano ] ] .
Bocconi University was established in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant and owner of a retail chain called "Magazzini Bocconi", who intended to commemorate his son Luigi lost in the
Battle of Adowa. Ferdinando sold his "Magazzini Bocconi", originally meant to be Luigi's heritage, which were renamed in 1917 Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunziointo "La Rinascente" (eng. "that which is born again"), by which they are still called today.Bocconi University, with other economic faculties as "M. Biagi" of Modenaand Reggio Emilia, became one of the first Italian institutions of higher education to grant a degree in economics. Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university. It has consistently promoted and practiced equal opportunityamong the many generations of its students, by actively subsidizing the education for disadvantaged students. In the words of its first Rector and President, Leopoldo Sabbatini, a strenuosly democratic lawyer, Bocconi's aim is to "promote harmony between school and life."
Today, Bocconi is a university of international standing in
business, economics, and law. It is also a research university, getting funds for its research projects from national and supranationalinstitutions. By virtue of being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with like-minded European and North-American universities and business schools. Bocconi has an exchange program with prestigious institutions such as Dartmouth College, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Harvard University, and the Wharton, Stern, and Goizueta business schools, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Bocconi has close relations with major corporations and international agencies, as well as their managers and officials, and constantly interacts with the business and economic environment to tackle new issues, implement new techniques, and start new research endeavours.
Bocconi University is now structured around five major schools: Undergraduate School, Graduate School, Law School, PhD School, and, with a larger degree of autonomy, SDA Bocconi School of Management, its graduate business school. Bocconi presently offers Bachelor Degrees, Masters of Science, MBAs and PhDs in
Management, Economics, Law, Statistics, and other disciplines. It also has a number of post-experience programs, and administers hundreds of customized advanced courses to managers and professionals in all realms of private and public management.
Furthermore, the university promotes and often organizes numerous activities for
high schoolstudents in Italy, such as mathematics competitions [ [http://matematica.unibocconi.it/gare.htm Matematica - Giochi - Gare ] ] , Model United Nationssimulations [ [http://milan.usconsulate.gov/news/NE_ENG_041108_PAO_MUN.htm Liceo Manzoni - Bocconi University Model United Nations ] ] and other major events aimed at orienting them during their secondary education.
Originally, Bocconi was located in Via Statuto, near the
Pinacoteca di Brera, where its first building was inaugurated in 1902. The current campus of Bocconi is located between Via Sarfatti and Viale Bligny and consists of different buildings, all at walking distance to Porta Ticinese, the Basilica of Sant'Eustorgioand the Torre Velasca skyscraper.
The first building in Via Sarfatti was designed in 1936 by the famous
architect Giuseppe Paganoand is an epitome of modernism in Italian architecture. It hosts many classrooms, an aula magna, a restaurantand most of the administrative offices. Its entrance features two lionstatues which are the subject of several university myths.
The "pensionato" building, which faces Via Ferdinando Bocconi, was inaugurated in 1956 by the architect Giovanni Muzio and hosts some grand halls, some of the
canteenand dormitoryfacilities (350 bedrooms distributed on 5 floors), and some facultyoffices. The different floors have an irregular form and bear the shape of a symmetric" L" letter.The SDA Bocconibuilding, which is also in Via Ferdinando Bocconi, was opened in 1985 and features two blocks with a distinct set of dark metal panels. The building was extended in 2001, especially to host EGEA, the university's bookstore.The campus football pitchis placed between the "pensionato" and the SDA Bocconibuilding.
The modern "Velodromo" building was projected by
Ignazio Gardellaand launched in 2001. It is called so due to its form resembling an ellipsoid velodrome. Each of its four floors has about ten classrooms with a capacity of 150. The "Velodromo" uses a geothermal exchange heat pumpas its air conditioningsystem, which contributes a lot to energy conservation. [ [http://www.turismo.comune.milano.it/pls/milano/!turismo?pid=21504&_first=8 Milano per Me - Itinerari - Conoscere Milano - Ravizza ] ] A marblestatue of Ferdinando Bocconi overlooks the foyer of the ground floor.
Close by, in Piazza Sraffa, are the
Librarybuilding (also built by Giovanni Muzio in 1962), the campus chapel"San Ferdinando", and some smaller buildings such as those with the offices of the "Language Center" and other extracurricularactivities.
Several other administrative and research offices of Bocconi's individual institutes are scattered across the area, especially around Parco Ravizza and Viale Isonzo.
In 2007, a new building was constructed near the "Velodromo". [ [http://www.graftonarchitects.ie/work/projects/project.php?resource_id=225 grafton architects » work » learning ] ] It was designed by Grafton architects of Dublin, who won the competition held to choose the design of the building in 2002.The new building is now used to host all faculty staff offices and the research institutes of the university. When seen from a
satellite, the line-up of these buildings will recreate the symbols of "30 L", the highest grade achievable in a university exam in the Italian academic system.
The University offers four three-year undergraduate courses in
Economicswhich share a common basis in the first three semesters and then distinguish themselves from one another by focusing on either Finance, Social sciencesor Business administration; the fourth course is taught in English languageand is targeted at both international students and students pursuing an international career. Students in this course have the choice to major in Economicsor Management.
A fifth separate three-year undergraduate course in Economics focuses on the economics and management of
Arts, Cultureand Communication.
The University furthermore offers a five-year course in
Law, which incorporates the Italian equivalents of the Bachelor of Lawsand the Master of Laws.
In a joint venture with the
Central European Universityof Budapest, Bocconi also offers a four-year "Dual Degree in International Business", the first two years of which are spent in Budapestand the latter in Milan. [ [http://www.bocconiceu.org/index.php?page=5&l=1 Dual Degree in International Business from Università Bocconi and Central European University: Program ] ]
graduate schooloffers different Master of Scienceprograms in Economics, Management and Law, each with a special emphasis on the fields of Public administration, Environmental economics, Health economics, Social sciences, Computational financeand Risk management, Accountancyand Audit, Public utilitymanagement, Hospitality management, Logisticsand Transport economics, Innovationmanagement, Event managementand Experiential marketing, Communication, Organizationand Information systems.
The following graduate programs are entirely taught in English language:
International Management; Marketing Management; Finance; Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment; Economics and Social Sciences; Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology; Quantitative Finance and Risk management; Public Management; International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy.
In addition to these, the University runs several
double degreeprograms with other institutions throughout the world: International management with Fudan University, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabadand ESADE; Economics and social sciences, and Finance with HEC School of Managementand Université catholique de Louvain; Marketing management with Copenhagen Business Schooland Rotterdam School of Management; International and public administration with Sciences Po Parisand the University of Geneva.
Outstanding Students Scholarship
Beginning in 2003, Bocconi University has started a conspicuous program of scholarships with the specific goal of awarding its best students. The scholarship, named "Borsa di studio per studenti eccellenti" (Fellowship for outstanding students), is addressed to the first 50 students (out of 1940 students) enrolled in the Master of Science courses both coming from a Bocconi undergraduate degree and from another university degree. The scholarship, in addition to fully exempt the students from the payment of the tuition fee, provide also them with a large amount of money. [ [http://www.unibocconi.it/index.php?proc_id=65&nav_level1=6&nav_level2=402&nav_level3=0&documento=0&procedura=0&sub_action=0&sub_param=&sub_function_title= FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR GRADUATE DEGREES - Universita' Bocconi ] ]
In order to apply for the scholarship one must have as minimum requirements:
*Completed the undergraduate degree at the first possible date
*Completed the degree with full marks
*Passed the GMAT with a score of at least 650
*Been admitted to a Graduate Degree Program (among those offered by Bocconi) by
31 July 2006
Then, the selection of the best 50 students is carried out on an individual basis evaluating all the experiences included in the CV.The major advantage of the scholarship, however, is the great visibility that it entails: most of the students awarded have found a job within the best employers of the Italian and international job market.
SDA Bocconi (SDA standing for "Scuola di Direzione Aziendale" = School of Management) is the
graduate business schoolof the University and offers internationally recognized MBAPrograms highly ranked by Financial Timesand Forbes Magazine.
The SDA also offers professional education to executives and managers and publishes E&M (Economia & Management), a popular Italian business and management review.
Apart from the MBA, the SDA offers further
Master of Scienceprograms in Corporate financeand Banking, Real estatemanagement, Fine food and beverage management, Fashion Management, Design management, Sports lawand Sport management, and a Master in Stage and show management in a joint venture with the "Academy for the Performing Arts" of the famous opera house La Scala.
SDA Bocconi also has a combined MBA and Master of Arts in
International Affairs(MAIA) with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) in Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center.
Research and endowment
As of 2007, the University has 20 permanent research centers and four research project centers.There are 45 active researchers and 81 researchers with grants.
In 2006, research was mainly funded by Bocconi itself (€1,510,571), the
European Union(€1,400,000) and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (€295,636), in addition to other external sources (€10,573,000). [ [http://www.press.unibocconi.eu/area_download.php?ida=23 Press Room - Università Bocconi ] ]
Yearly, approximately 200 international publications and 300-400 national publications are done in the university.
While being a university that focuses on the economic,
businessand social sciences, Bocconi attempts to provide its students with interdisciplinaryknowledge from a variety of other fields that can be useful in their future careers. Usually, the university does so by collaborating with visiting professors from other local and international institutions.
Elective courses such as introductions to
Genetic engineering, Urban planning, History of artand Sustainable architectureare held throughout the year and focus a lot on their contemporary applications.Bocconi also collaborates with the "Institute for International Policy Studies (ISPI)" of Milan, to set up a variety of modules within the field of International relations.
In addition to managing the compulsory language courses that all students must take, Bocconi's "Language Center" offers modules that delve further into the
languageand cultureof specific countries.
The University is home to a number of societies, some of which are directly involved in facilitating students' integration into the campus life environment and in organizing special events ranging from business games to excursions.
*International Students at Bocconi (IS@B) mainly deals with promoting and implementing programs and initiatives for and with international students. The society often organizes conferences,
Model United Nationsand similar simulations, cultural visits, and trips to facilitate the integration of foreign and local students.
*JEME Bocconi ("Junior Enterprise Milano Economia") is a non profit "
junior enterprise", the first to be founded in Italy in 1988, and it provides consultingservices to enterprises in the region. Furthermore, JEME also organizes business games and business case competitions that are held in the university.
*Tra i Leoni is the society which runs a campus magazine with the same name. The title, which means "between the lions", is a reference to the atrium of the main building, which is also a favorite meeting point for students, guarded by two lion statues.
In addition to these there are many local branches of external associations, for example
AIESECand Erasmus Student Network.
Bocconi Sport Team
Bocconi's students actively participate at and host different official national and international tournaments in athletics, men's and women's
soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball, water polo, sailingand other individual sports such as golf, swimming, skiing, snowboardingand skeet shooting.
pelicanis Bocconi's official sport mascot.
Notable students and professors
:"For a full list, see "
Politics & Government
Luigi Einaudi- President of the Italian Republic(1948 - 1955); and Governor of Bank of Italy
Mario Monti- former European Competition Commissioner (1999 - 2004) and chairman of Bruegel;
Emma Bonino- Minister for International Trade in the cabinet of Romano Prodi(2006);
Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa- banker and economist, former Italian Minister of Economy and Finance;
Patrizia Toia- Member of the European Parliament for North-West with the Daisy Party;
Marco Cappato- Member of the European Parliament within the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe;
Eduardo Missoni- Secretary general of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
Academia, Journalism & Literature
Nouriel Roubini- senior economist at the US Treasury Department;
Teresa de Lauretis- writer and professor at University of California, Santa Cruz;
Leopoldo Sabbatini- first dean of Bocconi University, vice president of the Milan Chamber of Commerce;
Alberto Alesina- Chairman of the Department of Economics, Harvard University;
Francesco Giavazzi- economist, journalist for Corriere della Sera, professor at MIT;
Beppe Severgnini- famous journalist, writer and columnist;
Valerio Massimo Manfredi- scholar of archaeology, journalist, TV host, mainly famous as historical novelist and for the film The Last Legion;
*Tito Boeri - economist, responsible for lavoce.info, a web site of economic analysis;
Mario Biondi (writer)- travel writer, poet and winner of the Premio Campiello;
Business & Finance
Renato Soru, founder of TiscaliSpA and President of the Regionof Sardinia;
* Corrado Passera, CEO,
Alessandro Profumo, CEO, UniCredit
Vittorio Colao, CEO Europe and Group CEO Designate, Vodafone Group Plc
* Mario Resca, Chairman of the Board,
Paolo Scaroni, CEO, Eni
Marco Tronchetti Provera- President of Pirelli& C. SpA
* Alessandro Lamanna, CEO
* Andrea Formica, CEO
* Davide Stefanini,
* Milan Perovic, CEO Telecom Montenegro
* Claudio Costamagna, Member of Partnership Committee,
* Marco Saltalamacchia, Vice President,
* Ruggero Magnoni, Vice Chairman,
* Gianemilio Osculati, Office Manager,
* Davide Grasso, Vice President Nike for Asia Pacific marketing
* Emma Marcegaglia, Chairman of
* Piergaetano Marchetti, Chairman of RCS MediaGroup (holding company of
Corriere della Sera)
*Giovanni Giudici, the
Bishopof the Diocese of Pavia
Pierre Casiraghi, third in line to throne of Monaco, son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover
*Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia
* Giovanni Cobolli Gigli, Chairman of the
* Katie Louise Saunders, English actress, famous for her roles in
Virgin Territoryand 'Tre metri sopra il cielo'
* Nanni Svampa, guitarist of the Italian band I Gufi
* Carlo Turati, comedian
* [http://www.unibocconi.it/eng Bocconi University Website] "(English homepage)"
* [http://www.sdabocconi.it/home/en/index.html SDA Bocconi School of Management] "(English homepage)"
* [http://www.isatb.com/ International Students at Bocconi Website] Practical information for incoming students "(in English)"
* [http://istudy.iagora.com/Universit%E0_Bocconi/reviews.html Bocconi for foreign students on iAgora] - Reviews by former Erasmus and other international students in Milan on [http://www.iagora.com iAgora]
* [http://campus-university.virtualbocconi.com/ Campus Bocconi - Official Site] "(English homepage)"
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