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Know-how assets of Italian Automobile Industry

From| June 05,2007

Italian universities are pursuing policies of internationalization and advanced training to strengthen their positions throughout the country. They also boost economic growth by performing research and providing know-how transfers for companies.

Most university degree programs now come with the technical training needed

by the Automotive industry. For example, Italian universities offer 35 degree

programs in first level Mechanical Engineering and a further 35 programs for

training second level specialists.

Of particular interest to business are the specialized Automotive courses run by the Turin "Politecnico", the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and those for land vehicles at the University of Pisa, as well as the recent Masters program offered by the Federico II University in Naples.

Turin "Politecnico" Technical University

The University, located in the region of Piedmont, has four faculties and a PhD program. A specialized course in Automotive Engineering, in collaboration with FIAT, started in 1999 and attracts 500 students yearly.

The 700 contracts signed with companies every year confirm the intense relationship Italian universities have with the social-economic system. This is maintained through consolidated liaison structures:

the Consorzio per la Ricerca e l'Educazione Permanente (Consortium for Research and Permanent Education) carries out initiatives for cooperation among the universities, with the production/services community and with local public institutions.

SiTI performs research and carries out training programs for innovation and social-economic growth in 6 general areas: city and region, ecology and environment,  innovation and development, architecture and heritage, infrastructures and transport and integrated security systems.

I3P, the Incubator for Innovative Enterprise of the University, promotes the creation of new companies.

VR&MM Park develops innovative applications in the multi-media and audio-visual sectors in four areas: New Media, Virtual Reality, Art and Communications, Advanced Training.

The Cultural Center for the Engineering of Plastic Materials promotes research and trials in plastics.

The Hydrogen System Laboratory, which is under construction, will carry out basic and applied research concerning the exploitation of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources.

Milan "Politecnico" Technical University

The Milan Technical University is a Science and Technology university which has various faculties located in the region of Lombardy. The University focuses on high level and innovative teaching and research and is engaged in intense synergy with local industry through its experimental research and know-how transfer. The University is supported by:

The Consorzio Politecnico Innovazione (Politecnico Consortium for Innovation), to promote the creation of new hi-tech companies by providing support services to evaluate innovative ideas and by providing infrastructure for launching new enterprise.

The Acceleratore d'impresa (enterprise accelerator) has the goal of facilitating the development of innovative enterprise and of increasing the employment in the area of Milano Bovisa.

The Associazione Impresa Politecnico (Politecnico Entrepreneurs Association) works to increase the interaction between the University and the system of companies.

The Centro per la Qualità di Ateneo (University Center for Quality) aims to coordinate lab tests and the measurement and development of accredited SIT labs.

The Ufficio di valorizzazione proprietà intellettuale (Office for the Evaluation of Intellectual Property) carries out the transfer of technological know-how.

The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

This university has two facilities for its engineering faculty: one in Modena and the other in Reggio Emilia. In Modena, a specialized degree program in Vehicle Engineering is in progress and Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ducati Corse, Lombardini, VM Motori, CNH and Dallara all support this program.

This course provides training in the design, realization, management and use of complex mechanical parts, machines, plants and systems such as alternative endothermic motors as well as vehicles and earth moving machines and vehicles used in construction.

The University of Bologna

The University of Bologna is the oldest university in Europe and is structured in five facilities located in the region of Emilia-Romagna, specifically in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini.

The university works alongside the Fondazione Alma Mater (Alma Mater Foundation), a non-profit entity which produces and promotes information related to the economic and social development of the area. This encourages relations between the university and the public and private research centers, as well as training and know-how transfers between the scientific community and industry while promoting research and innovation for the regional enterprise system.

Rome's University Network

The capital's university network is comprised of 3 universities: "La Sapienza", "Tor Vergata" and the "III Università degli Studi". These universities cover the Lazio region and constitute a dynamic nationwide reference point for Mechanical Engineering and Transport in general.

The "La Sapienza" University provides, in its facilities in Rome and in Latina, specific courses in Mechanical Engineering, Automated Systems Engineering, and Transport Engineering, which attract over 1,500 students and turn out 200 graduates per year. The University works very closely with Public Administration and especially with public/private enterprise in the fields of research and training through its Settore Convenzioni dell'Ufficio Valorizzazione della Ricerca Scientifica e delle Invenzioni offices.

In Rome's "Tor Vergata" University, 800  students attend courses in Automation Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, producing 120 graduates per year. There are also two important PhD programs in Information Technology Research, and Engineering for the Design of Mechanical and Automated Systems.

Rome's III University has 1000 students and 100 graduates per year in Mechanical Engineering, Management Engineering, and Automation Engineering courses per year. The university also has a specific PhD program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

The connection between universities and the world of industry is facilitated by the Business Innovation Centre Lazio located in the Dipartimento di Informatica e Automazione (Department of Information Technology and of Automation), and by the non-profit Consorzio Roma Ricerche (Rome Research Consortium) which promotes and develops innovation and know-how transfer from universities to industry in Central Italy, especially to small and medium-sized businesses.

Bari "Politecnico" Technical University

The Bari Technical University is the most important university in Southern Italy. It has 13 departments and more than 9,000 students attending Engineering degree courses. The University has two Engineering faculties, one in Bari and a second in Taranto.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Management offers two programs in Mechanical Engineering which produces 800 graduate per year. These programs are divided into sections comprising Mechanical Design, Machines and Energy, Mechanical Technology, Plants and Economy.

The Department of Roads and Transport deals with the mobility of persons and goods, service provision and optimization of components and transport systems in relation to their technological, functional, economic, financial, territorial, environmental and safety aspects.

The Centro di Eccellenza in Meccanica Computazionale (Center of Excellence for Computing in Mechanical Engineering) develops methods for IT/numerical support to thermal-flow-dynamics, functional mechanics, kinetic-dynamics and static/fatigue resistance which are also applied to automotive components.

The "Federico II" in Naples

The Engineering Faculty of Naples University has two departments involved in research pertaining to Automotive Components:

the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei trasporti (Department of Transport Engineering), which focuses on the safety of road infrastructure and of the methods/models relating to traffic flow.

the Dipartimento di Ingegneria meccanica per l'energetica (Department of Mechanical Engineering pertaining to Energy) which focuses on vehicle components and on internal combustion engines especially in reference to new fuels and to pollution reduction.

At the "Federico II" University, there is also a Masters program in Automotive Engineering which has the objective of training highly qualified technicians both for the Automotive and the Automotive Components industries. This program focuses on two specific areas:

automobile systems: frame, propulsion and transmission, carriage, electrical and electronic components

the evolution of the automobile: active and passive safety, environmental impact and the interaction between the vehicle and the surface.

This program, which is open to 25 students every year, is supported by: Aerosoft, ArvinMeritor A&ET, ATA, Bridgestone, CRF, CNR Istituto Motori, Elasis, Fiat Auto, FMA, GM Powertrain, Landi Renzo, Lombardini, and Robert Bosch Italia.


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