The participation of the researchers of the Department in international networks of excellence and research projects is steadily increasing, as it emerges by looking, for instance, at the success rates in EU projects and at the two prestigious ERC Advanced Investigator Grants awarded in 2008. The research activity of the Department is recognized to be of high quality with respect to the international standards.
Several strategic relationships with renowned international universities are active, offering the Italian students the possibility of experiencing a period of time abroad and the foreign students the opportunity to study at the Politecnico di Milano. Several exchange programs at the Bachelor and Master level are offered, including, for example, the joint Master in Computer Science with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the double Bachelor with the Tongji University at Shanghai. Most classes of the Master programs of the Department are offered in English, thereby facilitating the attendance of international students.
At the PhD level, candidates are internationally recruited from top universities and their international mobility is increased through agreements with top-quality universities.
The Department is willing to increase the internationalization of the faculty by actively exploiting the opportunities provided by the Politecnico di Milano for recruiting professors from foreign institutions, young researchers through the International Fellowship Research Grants, and temporary lecturers for one semester. The new positions are intended both to strengthen the research fields in which the Department has a leading international position and to open new research fields that are not yet represented in the Department.
Finally, the Department is effectively offering front-office administrative services both for Italian and foreign people.