Tertiary education offered in Torino is a real strength for the whole Region, which hosts important national and international training institutes and universities.
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The Torino Chamber of commerce strictly collaborates since several years, with some of the most important national and international training institutes, acting like a “trait d'union” between training and businesses.
International Training Institutions and Courses in Torino
There are several and excellent undergraduate and post-graduate courses:
- Political Science
Both the University and the Politecnico of Torino are playing a key role in promoting and establishing cooperation and exchange relations with European and non-European universities, thus stimulating mobility and research at an international level by signing co-operation agreements with foreign institutions.
Torino is one of the five hosting cities of the ESCP-EAP European School of Management. Other locations are Paris, London, Madrid and Berlin. The School provides a multi-entry gateway to management education in Europe. It is served by 125 faculty members who are active in research and who teach in the School's programs. There are nearly 3,000 graduate students from over 80 countries across the four campuses. The mission is to develop business leaders with multicultural skills and business knowledge for Europe and the world economy. ESCP-EAP is EQUIS and AACSB accredited. Its Full-time MBA and Executive MBA are AMBA accredited.
Torino is arousing an ever increasing interest as an international training and education centre, and this is also due to the presence of the United Nations in the city, as well as to the several activities they carry out in association with local authorities.
Torino hosts the Bureau International du Travail (BIT) – the international training centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) – which promotes the worldwide dissemination of the technological, industrial, commercial, and social development models typical of our society, by organizing cultural exchanges and training programmes which also involve government senior officials. Post-graduate courses are organized for the following subjects: international commercial law, development management, intellectual property, international and diplomatic studies, cultural asset management. Over 120,000 men and women from 170 countries have taken part in these training programmes so far.
Torino is also the seat of UNICRI, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, which was established in 1967; it carries out research, training, technical cooperation and documentation/information activities, disseminates information and maintains contacts with professionals and experts operating in crime prevention and in the dispensation of criminal justice worldwide. In 2000 the institute started a cooperation with local authorities and foundations, which led to the implementation of activities at an international level: in the education and training sector, besides all the activities organized for social workers in developing countries, the Master in Criminology and Criminal Policies is worthy of mention. It is organized in association with the law faculty of the University of Torino and offers an insight into the international and the European implications of these subjects. Lectures are given by university professors and by Italian and foreign experts, inter alia representatives of international organizations such as Europol and Interpol. About thirty students from different countries attend the Master course, which develops several action plans ranging from the reform of legal systems to counter-terrorism and countertrafficking.
Torino also hosts the UN System Staff College, an excellence centre for the training of the UN staff, which acts as a point of reference for all the activities which are currently carried out by different bodies or specialized agencies with consequent diseconomy and a rise in costs for single member States. The UN staff attending the courses also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the multi-faceted local context.
The Master in Peacekeeping Management is another noteworthy initiative: not only does it offer programmes with interdisciplinary qualification profiles, but it also disseminates internationalism among all the people who attend these courses to be trained in peacekeeping and in the promotion of peace, justice, safety, and solidarity.
Another important role is played by Hydroaid (Water for Development Management Institute), a non-profit association which trains professionals coming from developing countries, where they are in charge of planning, building, and controlling the necessary facilities for water resource management.
Last but not least in the list of international organisations based in Torino is the European Training Foundation (ETF), a EU agency established in 1994. It was the first European agency to be set up in Italy and offers education and vocational training programmes to EU neighbouring countries. This agency shares expertise and advises on policies in education and training across regions and cultures, helping its partner countries to develop people's skills and knowledge to promote better living conditions, active citizenship and democratic societies that respect human rights and cultural diversity. At the same time it aims at strengthening the European Union's relations with its neighbouring countries, at reducing immigration flows, at creating new commercial opportunities, and at increasing work safety in Europe.
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