Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

  • Description
  • His­tory and Mission

    Uni­ver­sità Boc­coni was estab­lished in Milan in 1902, with a gen­er­ous endow­ment from Fer­di­nando Boc­coni, a wealthy mer­chant. Named for his lost son, Uni­ver­sità Com­mer­ciale Luigi Boc­coni thus became the first Ital­ian insti­tu­tion of higher edu­ca­tion to grant a degree in economics.

    Since its incep­tion, Boc­coni has stood for lib­er­al­ism, plu­ral­ism, and social and eco­nomic progress. While a pri­vate insti­tu­tion, Boc­coni has tra­di­tion­ally been more than an elite uni­ver­sity. It has con­sis­tently pro­moted and prac­ticed equal­ity of oppor­tu­nity among its many gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents, by actively sub­si­diz­ing the edu­ca­tion of dis­ad­van­taged and deserv­ing stu­dents. In the words of its first Rec­tor and Pres­i­dent, Leopoldo Sab­ba­tini, Bocconi’s mis­sion is to “pro­mote har­mony between school and life.”

    Today, Boc­coni is a research uni­ver­sity of inter­na­tional stand­ing in busi­ness, eco­nom­ics, and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supra­na­tional insti­tu­tions. 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 Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties and busi­ness schools. 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 assess new issues, imple­ment new tech­niques, and start new research endeavors.

    Uni­ver­sità Boc­coni has an Under­grad­u­ate School, a Grad­u­ate School, a School of Law and a PhD School. SDA Boc­coni School of Man­age­ment, founded in 1971, takes care of the post-​experience man­age­ment education.

    Boc­coni grants Bach­e­lor, Mas­ter of Sci­ence, and PhD degrees in Man­age­ment, Eco­nom­ics, Law and other dis­ci­plines. It also offers a num­ber of post-​experience pro­grams, and admin­is­ters hun­dreds of advanced courses to man­agers and pro­fes­sion­als in all realms of pri­vate and pub­lic management.

    In keep­ing with the ideals of its founders, Boc­coni seeks to address the research and edu­ca­tion needs of the Euro­pean and global econ­omy, by favor­ing cul­tural progress, inter­na­tional exchange, and eco­nomic inte­gra­tion. Boc­coni con­ceives higher edu­ca­tion as a con­tin­u­ous process that spans the entire pro­fes­sional life of an indi­vid­ual. The Uni­ver­sity pro­motes both eco­nomic advance­ment and civic val­ues, by instill­ing in Boc­co­ni­ans solid ana­lyt­i­cal skills and a strong empha­sis on ethics, so that they can con­tribute to the inno­va­tion and devel­op­ment of Euro­pean busi­ness and society.


    Inter­na­tional rank­ings of uni­ver­si­ties have become pop­u­lar in the last ten years or so. They can pro­vide some use­ful advice to prospec­tive stu­dents, espe­cially those wish­ing to study abroad. How­ever, stu­dents should bear in mind that rank­ings are dis­til­la­tions of a great diver­sity of infor­ma­tion, and all of them present method­olog­i­cal pecu­liar­i­ties in terms of the empha­sis placed on the var­i­ous fac­tors considered.

    All the main inter­na­tional rank­ings are usu­ally based on a direct or indi­rect mea­sure of a com­bi­na­tion of the fol­low­ing five main factors:

    • Teach­ing qual­ity, which can be either indi­rectly mea­sured through the student/​faculty ratio or directly esti­mated through inter­views to graduates;
    • Sci­en­tific pro­duc­tiv­ity, usu­ally prox­ied by the num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions and/​or cita­tions of the per­ma­nent fac­ulty members;
    • Place­ment and career devel­op­ment, either directly esti­mated through the aver­age grad­u­ate salary after a num­ber of years from grad­u­a­tion, or indi­rectly mea­sured by inter­view­ing major recruiters;
    • Inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion, usu­ally prox­ied by the per­cent­age of for­eign stu­dents and of for­eign fac­ulty members;
    • Fac­ulty qual­ity and diver­sity, usu­ally indi­rectly esti­mated through the per­cent­age of per­ma­nent fac­ulty mem­bers with a PhD and the per­cent­age of female fac­ulty members.

    More Infor­ma­tion


    Pure and applied research takes place in each of the large dis­ci­pli­nary areas of the Uni­ver­sity, through its Depart­ments, Research Cen­tersand the SDA Boc­coni School of Man­age­ment.

    Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion is given to pure research, which is fun­da­men­tal not only for the evo­lu­tion of knowl­edge but also for its abil­ity, over time, to have a pro­found effect on the real world. Applied research con­sid­ers issues more closely aligned to oper­a­tive val­ues and issues which orga­ni­za­tions and busi­ness are par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in. It aims to pro­vide rigor and tech­ni­cal con­tent to man­age­ment activ­i­ties in busi­nesses and organizations.

    Research Division

    The Research Divi­sion offers assis­tance to Uni­ver­sità Boc­coni teach­ing fac­ulty and researchers who intend to par­tic­i­pate in MIUR, Euro­pean Union and other Inter­na­tional Orga­ni­za­tion research projects and competitions:

    • iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of pub­lic calls of poten­tial inter­est to the University;
    • iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of financ­ing options for project ideas;
    • assis­tance in prepar­ing com­pe­ti­tion bids;
    • sup­port in cre­at­ing inter­na­tional consortiums;
    • con­sults on pro­ce­dures, con­trac­tual aspects and accounting.



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