the living university

Roberto Brambilla, Director of Postgraduate Education and Research Partnerships, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

This article was first published in 2019 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 2 no 1 

Hundreds of people attended a special event in February 2019 on the topic of “Third Mission of Universities: opportunities and challenges” organised by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.  The event was a stimulating mix of discussions, information sharing and cultural events including theatrical and musical performances. People from all walks of life in Milan discovered "an unexpected university" - one that is intimately connected to the city. We asked Roberto Brambilla, Director of Postgraduate Education and Research Partnerships, to tell us more…

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Why did the university organise this special event?

“We are investing a lot of energies and creativity on what is generally called “the third mission of the Universities”. Our aim is to open minds to innovation and value creation, as we believe that knowledge is key to improve decision-making skills and manage complexity. This is why we daily work with companies, institutions, territories and professionals. Through their collaboration we desire to learn, interact, share ideas for the development of our potential.”

What were the highlights of the event?

“Hundreds of people attended the event. Most of them – entrepreneurs, civil servants, businessmen, politicians, scientists, students, simple citizens – discovered an unexpected “University”: more than 40 research projects with a social impact presented at the desks distributed along our historical renaissance cloister; cultural and artistic open events organised (music, theatre, archeology…), round tables, networking meetings, lifelong learning opportunities. The city of Milan paid great attention to this new role of our University.”

Building on this success, what will be the next steps in developing the third mission of the university?

“As our special guest, Paul Coyle, gave a key note speech entitled “The Living University.”  He taught us: “No university can operate in isolation from its ecosystem”. Our next steps will be in the direction to enhance our contribution to the life of our city, region and country. We aim at increasing our education & research partnerships with others in order to create economic, social and cultural value for society: a living university that creates the seeds of a successful future for all of us.” ◼️