In 1998, the premises of the old Pirelli factory were turned into a state-of-the-art complex encompassing modern research laboratories, expansive study areas and communal areas for students. Our university campus is unique to Italy, with 28 buildings spread across Milan, Monza and the Maldives.
With the main buildings located in the north-east of Milan, close to the Greco Pirelli railway station, the University of Milano-Bicocca benefits from excellent access routes.
Since 1998, the University has laid the foundations for the future, revitalised the local area and turned young students into well-prepared adults, ready to face the real world.
Foundation and development
In the late 1980s, the academic bodies of the University of Milan set out a programme designed to obtain new premises to use for innovative research activities in strategic sectors and extend the teaching offering to fields of discipline that were absent from the local public institutions.
Through the 1991-93 three-year plan announced by Minister Ruberti, the Ministry of Universities and Scientific Research unveiled plans to split universities with over 40,000 alumni in order to better organise its multi-year development plans and bring about decongestion. The University of Milan – which was identified as one of the large universities in need of decongesting – was authorised to set up additional university hubs in the local urban area.
Under the 1993 Budget, Article 3 of Law 498 authorised social security bodies to purchase real estate to lease to universities and public research bodies, using up to 20% of funds available for 1993 and 1994.
In September 1993, the Municipality of Milan ruled that the Bicocca area would be the location of the new University of Milan hub.
The university’s first steps
The University of Milan’s Board of Directors decided to use the provision set out in Law 498 and applied to the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research to construct buildings to be used for teaching and research activities by the second university. The buildings would all be located in the Bicocca area, with the exception of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, which needed to be built next to the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza.
On the recommendation of an inter-ministerial commission composed of representatives of the Ministries of Universities and Scientific Research, the Treasury, Work and Social Security, the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research approved the university’s proposals and granted authorisation for construction. On 25 February 1997, the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the University of Milan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the parties agreed to initiate proceedings to split the university by establishing a second university.
On 10 June 1998, the second University of Milan was established by Ministerial Decree. A subsequent decree of 9 July 1998 appointed the Steering Committee, which would remain in place until the constitution of an Academic Senate and Board of Directors. A third Ministerial Decree on 12 March 1999 changed the name of the university to the University of Milano-Bicocca and altered the composition of the Steering Committee, expanding it from ten to 12 members, including the chairperson.
The Steering Committee remained in place until 30 October 1999, enacting the functions of the Academic Senate and Board of Directors. In the space of a year and a half, it was able to fulfil all requirements set out by the decree that established the university, as well as organising elections for the position of Rector and the Board of Directors.
On 1 November 1999, the current Academic Bodies were introduced.
On 12 October 2000, elections were announced for the Integrated Academic Senate, which engaged in detailed discussions before producing the university Statute, which was approved by Royal Decree 06243 on 11 June 2003 and published in the Official Gazette on 2 July 2003.