Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

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The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (Italian: Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna) is a special-statute public university located in Pisa, Italy, operating in the field of applied sciences.

The Sant'Anna is part of the Pisa University System, together with the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa.

It is one of the three officially sanctioned special-statute universities in Italy i.e. it has 'university status', being part of the process of Superior Graduate Schools in Italy or Scuola Superiore Universitaria.

History

The present-day Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is the descendant of several institutions modeled after the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, also known in Italian as Scuola Normale (English: Normal School), is a higher learning institution in Italy. It was founded in 1810, by Napoleonic decree, as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure of Paris. Since its foundation it has operated a highly selective student admission procedure, and its main goal was, during that period, essentially to form the best college. Recognized as a "national university" in 1862, one year after Italian unification, and named during that period as "Normal School of the Kingdom of Italy". As of 1922 until 1943, the philosopher Giovanni Gentile reformed the Scuola, gave it formal autonomy and sought an expansion to other disciplines, with the creation of the Collegio Mussolini per le Scienze Corporative (1931) and the Collegio Nazionale Medico (1932). The new colleges were later merged in the Collegio Medico-Giuridico, which continued to operate (in the fields of law and medicine) under the jurisdiction of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

The present structure of the School was established in 1967 (as the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento) by merging the Scuola per le Scienze Applicate A. Pacinotti (founded in 1951) and the Collegio Medico-Giuridico. The new institution, while still committed to the model established by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, was administered by the University of Pisa. In 1987 the School acquired complete independence (Law of 14 February 1987, No.41) and maintains strong ties with both the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Pisa creating the Pisa University System.

Sant'Anna replaced Antonio Pacinotti in 1987, when the School gained its current headquarters. The present-day site is acquired from a very ancient religious educational establishment. The Sant'Anna Church and Convent were established in 1406, while the church was finished in 1426, by the Order of the Benedictine Nuns. In 1785 was instituted the Conservatorio di Sant'Anna by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany - Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, as a consequence of abolition of the religious orders due to Leopold's reforms the convent was suppressed in 1786 and continued to exist as a Conservatorio di Sant'Anna, an educational institution later under the tutelage of the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Italy and the Italian Republic. In 1987 the the Benedictine Nuns dedicated the Sant'Anna Church and Convent to the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento (previously the famous Collegio Medico-Giuridico of Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), provided that the School caries the name of Sant'Anna.

Nowadays, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Pisa create the Pisa University System.

Organization

Students are admitted after passing a public national and international competitions. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies offers to those who decide to take excellence, a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, research and internationalization. The sectors and fields in which the institution specializes are the fallowing:

Social Sciences Class

  • Business Sciences,
  • Economic Sciences,
  • Legal Sciences
  • Political Sciences

Experimental Sciences Class

  • Agricultural Sciences ,
  • Medical Sciences,
  • Industrial Engineering and
  • Information Engineering.

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is part of the European University Association (EUA).

Committed to excellence

As for its statute, the aims of Sant'Anna school of advanced studies are:

  • To promote the development of culture, scientific and technological research, and innovation;
  • To offer quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education;
  • To ensure high-quality studies through the ongoing interectation of research and instruction.

The mission of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is to pave innovative pathways in education and research, responding to the modernization and innovation of society itself. This mission is pursued through the valorization of the autonomy and flexibility that characterize the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and that derive from its status as an autonomous university by special statute, operating in the field of applied sciences.

The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has adopted three principles that constitute the foundation of its mission. Excellence in education, research and in every other activity, ensured by rigorous selection criteria for entering students; by attracting teachers and researchers of high scientific stature; by the elevated quality of facilities and services, thanks to the professionalism of the technical and administrative personnel.

Interdisciplinarity as a cultural and methodological premise for addressing the complex problems of today’s scientific and social realities.

Internationalization, understood as a propensity to cultivate relationships with other institutions at the international level; as an awareness of the problems of education and of cultural growth faced by young people from emerging countries.

Undergraduate

Potential under graduates undergo a rigorous public examination, and only the very best are creamed off to combine their Pisa University studies with the extra options available at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, thus these students are called Honors College Students. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is also integrated with the Scuola Normale Superiore and Honors College Students are free to attend courses provided by departments other than their own, as well as those provided by the Scuola Normale Superiore.

As of 2007, 42 freshmen are admitted per year. The School offers all of its services free of charge; students also receive a small monthly income. While attending the Pisa University courses, the Honors College Students (allievi) live in the school's college. Students have to achieve a high average grade in university exams and attend internal courses (including 2 foreign language classes) taught by professors and researchers working at the School, both as an integration and as an extension to the regular academic schedule.

Sant'Anna Alumni Association, is headed by former Prime Minister of Italy Giuliano Amato.

Graduate

The School also runs graduate courses, master and doctoral programmes, provided by its research laboratories and joint ventures with foreign universities, leading enterprises and international organizations.

Master Courses

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies offers the fallowing Master's degrees :

- Master's Degrees and Post-Graduate Courses (Laurea Magistrale)

1. Master's Degrees (Laurea Magistrale):

  • Master in Innovation Management (MAIN), a collaboration between the Institute of Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Trento
  • Master Degree (Laurea Magistrale) in Economics, a collaboration between the Faculty of Economics of University of Pisa and the Laboratory of Economics and Management of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Networking, a joint initiative between University of Pisa and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

2. Joint Master’s Programmes i.e. Joint Double Degree Post-Graduate Courses University of Trento(UniTN) - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna:

  • Graduate Program in Information Science and Technology is a joint initiative which grants Master Level degree issued by University of Trento and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies i.e. "Laurea Magistrale in Informatica"
  • Graduate Programme in Information and Communication Technologies is a joint initiative which grants M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering (Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni) from University of Trento and a Master of Engineering in Computer Network Engineering (Diploma di Formazione alla Ricerca in Computer Network Engineering) from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies.

-Level I Masters Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Human Rights and Conflict Management, under patronage of United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
  • Master A Scuola di Pluralismo, a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Pisa

-Level II Masters Degrees

  • Master in Management, innovation and engineering of services (Management, Innovazione e Ingegneria dei Servizi - MAINS), a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Institute of Management and the "Center for Open Innovation" of Haas School of Business - University of California, Berkeley
  • Master in Management and Health
  • Master in Environment Management and control: tecniques and tecnologies for the waste Cycle
  • Master in Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine, named after PierGiorgio Data, in collaboration with the Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR , Pisa
  • Master in Ultrasound and Color Doppler Applications in Nephrology (Ecografia Clinica ed Applicazioni Color Doppler in Nefrologia)

- International Masters

  • International Master on Communication Networks Engineering (two-year programme), a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and CNIT National Laboratory for Photonic Networks in Pisa
  • International Master in Information Technology, a a collaboration with the universities of Mumbai, Bangalore and Madras and the Indian Institute of Technology
  • International Master on Virtual Environment Technologies for Industrial Applications, in collaboration with the University of Brasov
  • International Master’s in the Preservation and Development of Wisdom Culture and the Art of Liberation (WISDOM), in collaboration with Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa

- Erasmus Mundus Programme

Also, it has the highly reputed Master within the Erasmus Mundus programme - MAsters on Photonic NETworks Engineering (MAPNET)), a collaboration between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Berlin Institute of Technology, Aston University and Osaka University and some of the best companies and research centers in the world as associated members: Ericsson Research - Sweden, Deutsche Telekom - Germany, Mistubishi Electric Corporation - Japan, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd - Japan, National Institute of Information and Communications Technologies - Japan.

The School offers a variable number of additional specialized post-graduate and continuing education programs (around 40 in the academic year 2002–2003), organized in response to specific requests from industry and the private sector in collaboration with Italian and foreign universities and with other public and private organizations.

Unlike all other curricula provided by the schools, master courses require payment of fees (with the possible exception of courses deriving from special international partnerships).

Doctoral Programs

The Doctoral Programmes (Italian: Corsi di Perfezionamento) at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies grant Diploma di Perfezionamento, a degree fully equivalent to a Ph.D. and are recognized International Doctoral Programmes involving various forms of collaboration and joint ventures with foreign universities.

The Diploma di Perfezionamento is a recognized as national and international title by the (MIUR) Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy) Decree equivalent to a Doctorate, Dottorato di Ricerca i.e. Research Doctorate or Doctor Philosophiae i.e. Ph.D (Article 3 of the Law of 14 February 1987, No.41 states 'The Diploma di Perfezionamento awarded for courses of study lasting at least three years is equivalent to a PhD.' ) which is historically famous and characteristic for the Superior Graduate Schools in Italy (Italian: Scuola Superiore Universitaria), also called "Schools of Excellence" i.e. "Scuole di Eccellenza".

The Doctoral Programs are 3rd cycle degrees as predicted by the Bologna Process containing structured courses and supervised research. Periods of visiting fellowship in other foreign and Italian institutions are financially supported by Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and the Italian Government.

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has the following Doctoral Programs :

  • Management

Doctoral Programme in Management focuses on innovation processes and the international competitiveness of firms, institutions, regional and national systems, and to the management of innovative services, such as environmental, insurance, health, technological and industrial policy services. It is ran by the Institute of Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies which has the MAIN - Management & Innovation Laboratory and the MeS Lab - Management and Health Laboratory.

Also, the Institute of Management runs the international business school in Volterra : The SIAF International School for Advanced Education, which is the result of a partnership between Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, the Foundation of Cassa di Risparmio di Volterra and the regional government of Tuscany.

  • International Doctoral Programme in Economics

The International Doctoral Programme in Economics is jointly offered by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and by University of Strasbourg .In addition to the teaching activities, Ph.D. students are part of a rich research environment, within the Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) at the Sant'Anna School, and the Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée (BETA), where Ph.D. students are encouraged to take part in various ongoing research projects. Also, it is part of a European network - involving the University of Sussex, Aalborg, Manchester, Paris XIII, Oslo and several others, supporting inter-European exchanges of research students and faculty, within the European Network of Excellence DIME.

  • Politics, human rights and sustainability

The Doctoral Programme in Politics, human rights and sustainability is reputed by being under patronage of United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC). It draws experience from the Schools research centers in politics: CDG Laboratory - International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics, ITPCM - International Training Programme for Conflict Management and the Iran Electoral Archive.

  • Individual person and legal protections

The Doctoral Programme in Individual Person and Legal Protections is an interdisciplinary connotation on the subject of the protection of the individual in modern society. It encompasses the LIDER - International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory, STALS -Sant’Anna Legal Studies and the Research Centre on Social, Juridical and Human Rights Sciences.

  • Innovative strategies in biomedical research

The Doctoral Programme in Innovative strategies in biomedical research consists in the System Physiology, Experimental and Clinical and the Physiological Genomics and Molecular Medicine. It has very well respected laboratories at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. CNR.

  • Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics

The Doctoral Programme in Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics involves advanced research in four major areas of the Graduate School of Engineering : Bio-Robotics, Embedded Systems, Perceptual Robotics, Telecommunications. The research is conducted in very advanced laboratories in ccoperation with well respected international industrial companies at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. CNR, Polo Sant'Anna Valdera at the Piaggio factory labaratories, labaratories in Genova and Livorno.

  • Agrobiosciences

The Doctoral Programme in Agrobiosciences carries of advanced research in the fields of Genomics and Crop Science and Agriculture, Environment and Landscape. It has laboratories in cooperation with University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and is under patronage of the Rome based international Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

  • Doctoral programme in agrobiodiversity

The Doctoral Programme in Agrobiosciences carries of advanced research in the fields of Genomics and Crop Science and Agriculture, Environment and Landscape. It has laboratories at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche i.e. CNR and also collaborates with University of Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and is under patronage of the Rome based international Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Research

The Sant'Anna also maintains a number of research laboratories, some of which are located at the CNR, in the Pisa neighbourhood and Pontedera.

Partnerships exist with many foreign universities, such as University of California, Berkeley , Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Max Planck Society, ETH Zurich, University College London , Imperial College London, University of Sussex, Waseda University , Osaka University, Chongqing University, University of Strasbourg, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore , University of Toronto, Utrecht University, Berlin Institute of Technology, National Institute of Information and Communications Technologies of Japan, etc.

There are also worldwide important international corporations and industrial partners that are closely linked to Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, such as: the nearby Piaggio where there are special Sant'Anna Laboratories at the Polo Sant'Anna Valdera (PSAV) which in essence contributes to the industrial process, Finmeccanica, Fiat (Centro Ricerche Fiat), Telecom Italia, Marconi Communications, Ericsson Research, Deutsche Telekom, Mistubishi Electric Corporation, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd, etc.

Sant'Anna also undertakes many international projects which are tied to the European Commission, the Government of Italy and its ministries, as well as regional projects of the Region of Tuscany and the Province of Pisa.

In the framework of the bilateral cooperation between Italy and China i.e. the Office of Chinese Language Council International (HanBan), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna hosts the third Italian Istituto Confucio i.e. Confucius Institute.

Research Institutes

  • Institute of Management (Italian: Istituto di Management) includes the laboratories: MAIN, MES and ETX.
  • Institute of Economics (Italian: Istituto di Economia) includes the laboratory LEM.
  • Institute Dirpolis (Law, Politics and Development) (Italian: Istituto Dirpolis (Diritto, Politica e Sviluppo)) includes the laboratories: Lider, Cdg, CSGS and Wiss.
  • Institute TeCIP - Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (Italian: Istituto TeCIP, Istituto di Tecnologie della Comunicazione, dell'Informazione e della Percezione) includes the laboratories: IRCPhoNet, Percro, Retis.
  • Institute of Biorobotics (Italian: Istituto di Biorobotica) includes the laboratories: ARTSLab, CRIMLab and EZ-Lab.
  • Institute of Life Sciences (Italian: Istituto di Scienze della Vita) includes the laboratories: Laboratory of Medical Sciences, Biolabs, LandLab and PlantLab.

Laboratories and research centers

Management

  • MAIN - Management & Innovation Laboratory
  • MeS Lab - Management and Health Laboratory

Economics

  • LEM - Laboratory of Economics and Management
  • CAFED - Centre for the Analysis of Financial and Economics Dynamics
  • EZ-Lab - Center for Research on the technology and support services for the Longevity

Law

  • LIDER - International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory
  • STALS -Sant’Anna Legal Studies
  • Research Centre on Social, Juridical and Human Rights Sciences

Political Science

  • CDG Laboratory - International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics
  • ITPCM - International Training Programme for Conflict Management
  • Iran Electoral Archive

Engineering

  • ARTS Lab - Advanced Robotics Technology and System, which created the famous breakthrough in the field of bio-robotics with the so-called CYBER HAND, shown on CNN International's Vital Signs Life Hand report
  • CRIM Lab - Center of Research In Microengineering
  • RoboCasa, the Italy-Japan joint laboratory for Research on Humanoid and Personal Robotics
  • Joint Lab Italy - Korea
  • CEIICP - Centre of Excellence for Information, Communication and Perception Engineering. The Centre is a result of a joint venture in the telecommunications sector between the Sant'Anna School and Marconi Communications SpA (now Ericsson). In partnership with CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications), the two parties signed an agreement for the creation of a research centre for photonic networks and technologies, thus realizing through CEIICP a unique example of synergy in Italy. The Centre has gained a prominent position in the national and international scenario, thanks to the various agreements with foreign universities, joint laboratories, and European and Extra- European partnerships.
  • IRCPHONET - Integrated Research Centre for Photonic Networks and Technologies
  • RETIS lab - Real-Time Systems Laboratory
  • PERCRO - PERCeptual ROBotics

Agrobiosciences

  • Land Lab – Agriculture, Environment and Landscape
  • BIOLABS - BIOlogical LABoratorieS
  • PLANT LAB - Plant and Crop Physiology

Medicine

  • Laboratory of Medical Science
  • European Transplantation Management Centre - Research Centre on E-TX-MAN organ and tissue detection, donation and transplant and related
Rankings

As part of the Pisa University System , Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is small and elite, specialised only in applied sciences.

  • The Academic Ranking of World Universities puts Pisa University System at the first place in Italy (National Rank # 1) and within the best 30 universities in Europe.
  • Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has also been mapped by Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings as one of the most important educational institutions in Italy (section on Italy i.e. Top universities and specialisms ), having its Graduate/Postgraduate Profile.
  • Also, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies together with Scuola Normale Superiore are named as leading institutions in Italy's six top higher education institutes by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • According to QS World University Rankings, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies is part of the initiative Invest Your Talent in Italy which puts Italian graduate programmes on the world's stage.
  • The European Research Ranking, a ranking based on publicly available data from the European Commission database puts Pisa University System among the best in Italy and best performing European research institutions .
  • La Voce, published a ranking of Italian universities by h-index, where Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies acquires the first (#1) place in Italy.
Alumni

Alumni of note include:

  • Giuliano Amato, Prime Minister of Italy ( 1992–1993 and 2000–2001), Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe that drafted the new European Constitution and headed the Amato Group.
  • Antonio Cassese, first President of the International Criminal Tribunal For the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)(1993–1997), in 2004 appointed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to be the Chairperson for the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur
  • Sabino Cassese, Professor of Administrative Law and a judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy
  • Haakon Faste, American designer and professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, president of Finmeccanica
  • Enrico Letta, elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (Italy)
  • Antonio Maccanico, number of times appointed as Minister in the Italian Republic
  • Marcello Spatafora, Italian Ambassador to Malaysia (1980–1986), Ambassador to Malta (1986–1989), Ambassador to Australia (1993–1997), Ambassador to Albania (1997–1999), Chief of the Italian delegation responsible for organizing the country’s presidency of the European Economic Community (1989–1990), as of 2000 Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, President of the United Nations Security Council in 2007
  • Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist and writer
  • Riccardo Varaldo, economist and holder of the prestigious Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica i.e. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, President of Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Member of many Ministries' entities, President of the Società Italiana di Marketing
  • Nicola Bellini, economist and Director of IRPET (Istituto Regionale per la Programmazione Economica della Toscana)
  • Giovanni Dosi, economist, co-director of the specific task forces on industrial policy and intellectual property rights within the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Continental Europe of Industrial and Corporate Change
  • Stefan Collignon, professor of political economy, International Chief Economist of the Centro Europa Ricerche, founder of Euro Asia Forum at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies. Previously, he was Centennial Professor of European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2001–2005) and Visiting Professor at Harvard University (2005–2007, also taught at University of Hamburg, Institut d’Etudes Politiques , College of Europe and at the Free University of Berlin. Also served as Deputy Director General for Europe in the Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany) 1999 - 2000.
  • Marco Frey, Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Institute of Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and Research Director at Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy at Bocconi University
  • Fabio Iraldo, Professor of Business Administration, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy and Director of Research Center at Bocconi University
  • Alberto Di Minin, Professor of Business Administration, Institute of Management at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and BRIE - Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Francesca Gino, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Francesco Strazzari, Professor of Political Science, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Mikhail Anufriev, Professor of Economics, University of Amsterdam
  • Anna Bassi, Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Michele Berardi, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester
  • Matteo Barigozzi, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Carolina Castaldi, Professor of Economics, University of Utrecht
  • Marco Giarratana, Professor of Business Administration, Charles III University of Madrid
  • Mauro Napoletano, Professor of Economics, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
  • Cinzia Daraio, Professor of Business Administration, University of Bologna