The University of Milano-Bicocca (Italian: Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, UNIMIB) is a public university located in Milan, Italy, providing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education.
The University of Milano-Bicocca has its origins from the splitting of the University of Milan, which with about 90,000 students in the 1990s was becoming overcrowded. A large area in the north of Milan, the Bicocca, was chosen as the location for the new university. This area was occupied by the Pirelli industrial complex until the 1980s and the new campus was part of a larger urban renewal project. The university was officially established on 10 June 1998.
Milan-Bicocca is a multidisciplinary university which offers a wide range of academic programs in different disciplinary fields: Economics, Informatics, Statistics, Law, Education, Sociology, Medicine and Surgery, Maths, Natural Sciences, Physics and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Biotechnology and Psychology.
The University of Milano-Bicocca is located in an area on the northern outskirts of Milan, which was occupied by the Pirelli industrial complex until the late 1980s. The industrial area has been redesigned by architect Vittorio Gregotti into an urban complex, including the University of Milano-Bicocca’s research laboratories and student residence halls.
There are eight faculties at the University of Milan-Bicocca:
- Faculty of Economics and Statistics
- Faculty of Science of education
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine (which is based in Monza, Lissone e Vedano al Lambro, at the Hospital San Gerardo)
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Sociology
The number of students at the university has grown steadily since it opened: in its first academic year there were 15,300 students, which had risen to 27,481 in 2003-2004 and by 2005-2006 there were over 30,000.
The Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milan-Bicocca (School of Medicine and Surgery), from the year of establishment in 1999) has developed significantly, with an activity divided into 5 master’s degree courses, 7 courses of degree and 43 post-graduate courses, welcoming the attendance of more than 2700 students.
The Office of Medicine and Surgery is in Monza, detached from the headquarters of the University of Milan-Bicocca, to be close to the ‘ Clinical Hospital San Gerardo , home of care and clinical research, aimed at the health of the person.
The modern university building houses an up-to-date electronic library, classrooms and training rooms, research laboratories, computer rooms, study and meeting areas for students. It is located next to the San Gerardo Hospital, an important hospital, which carries out an intense and qualified nursing activity (with 70,000 hospitalizations / year, over 500,000 emergency services and around 3 million outpatient services). Numerous Centers of Excellence of the San Gerardo Hospital, in the various medical-specialist areas, internationally recognized. This particular location is a rare and precious example of a University Campus for Health Sciences.
The University of Milan-Bicocca is strongly involved in the field of research through the implementation of projects in almost all scientific and application fields.
The research activity is carried out at 14 Departments and over 30 university and inter-university Research Centers in which almost 900 professors and researchers work and about 1,500 young graduates in training (Ph.D. students, post-graduates and research fellows), in collaboration with many important national and international companies.
The research activities of the University are developed on the one hand in the procurement of funding and in the management of research projects, and on the other in its exploitation, including the management of intellectual property and technology transfer.
The University Library of Milan-Bicocca supports the teaching, research and “third mission” activities of the University: it offers services to its students, manages bibliographic resources useful for teachers / researchers and organizes scientific dissemination events open to citizens.
The Library is a centralized structure , divided into four locations: Headquarters, Science Office, Medicine Office, Digital Library Pole.