Italy is known for its world class high-performance engineering and innovative architecture and design. Taylor’s University is expanding its links to Europe, and the Ambassador of Italy recently brought the Rector of one of Italy’s leading universities to visit the Lakeside campus.
Professor Marco Gilli, the Rector of Politecnico di Torino, which is one of Italy’s leading universities, was brought by HE Mario Sammartino, the Ambassador of Italy, to visit Taylor’s University’s Lakeside Campus. The Politecnico di Torino is known both in Italy and abroad as a leading institution to study both engineering and architecture. About 15% of the students are from overseas, which is the highest percentage of any Italian university. As Prof Marco Gilli pointed out during the discussions, “Our degrees are internationally recognised and students can choose to follow degree courses taught in English or, thanks to our links with some of the most prestigious universities around the world, undertake periods of study abroad as part of their course”, adding that their campus “offers a multicultural study environment and has a close relationship to businesses, which share our premises and work with us on many projects giving students the opportunity to gain work experience while still at university”. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC-GE) for Global Engagement, said that it was a “privilege to have the Rector from such a well know and highly regarded institution to make the time to visit Taylor’s” adding that, “this is a university which has a clear interest and connection to Malaysia, having established the Malaysia-Italy Centre of Excellence for Mathematical Sciences (MICEMS) in 2016 in partnership with the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM)”. Depending on their course of study, students at Taylor’s University are already able to take up the option of studying for a semester in Italy at the University of Bozen-Bolzano, and the university is keen to expand its links with other institutions. Over the past couple of years, Taylor’s University has partnered with the Italian Embassy in Malaysia hosting events such as Italian Creativity in Architecture and Design and International Italian Design Day at the Lakeside Campus. For more about Global Mobility at Taylor’s University click here, for more information on the School of Architecture, Building and Design click here and for the School of Engineering click here - Global Matters (2017)