Ten years have gone by since the Agnelli Foundation, the Pirelli Foundation, the Fondazione Edoardo Garrone and the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris opened the Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management, later the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, or CDI Italia, in Turin. The aim was to create an international Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Italy for young graduates, mainly in science and technology disciplines. A completely free course, it now involves about 50 talented young people every year.
These are brilliant students, who are selected solely on the basis of merit and for their level of preparation, and they are given analytical and managerial skills that will help Italian companies accomplish their development programmes on markets around the world. To celebrate the landmark occasion and to take stock of their shared journey, about 350 former students, guests, partners, companies and founders met today in the Auditorium of the Sanpaolo skyscraper in Turin. Over the years, the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia has led to numerous business and institutional partnerships, launching several projects to tackle issues concerning innovation. These include Innovation for Change, a programme promoted together with CERN in Geneva, the Politecnico University of Turin and the Enel Foundation, during which the MBA students and PhD students from the Politecnico work to find solutions to the challenges of the future, and particularly those concerning sustainability and the impact on society.