An introduction to the University
The Universitą Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) is an independent, state-recognised institution situated in the small town of Castellanza, within easy reach of Milan and the Malpensa International Airport. The university is housed in a nineteenth century cotton mill which has been beautifully restored by the world famous Italian architect Aldo Rossi and is surrounded by over 90,000 square metres of parklands. It is only 400 metres from the train station that links Castellanza to Milan in 35 minutes and just over 1 kilometre from the motorway.
The town has a population of approximately 15,000 inhabitants and since the late 1800s has been one of the main industrial centres in the province of Varese. With the beautiful backdrop of the Alps and the famous Italian lakes of Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, the province of Varese is also home to 23,000 manufacturing and craft industries that export over 30% of their production worldwide and generate employment to approximately 175 thousand people.
The University is an important example of the tradition for initiative and entrepreneurship in this part of Italy. It was founded on the initiative of the Industrial Association of the Province of Varese (UNIVA) and was immediately recognised for its close relationships with the business world. Today its three Faculties - Economics, Engineering and Law - are open to a limited number of students (about 2,500 in total).
All courses are interdisciplinary with cross-faculty teaching in order to provide students with a broad based education and overall understanding of the different business functions. The main objective underpinning all university courses is to prepare professionals for a successful career in an increasingly complex and competitive environment both at home and abroad.
Convinced that the global challenge can be won only with highly prepared human resources, the University was named after Carlo Cattaneo, a nineteenth century local thinker and economist whose philosophy placed human intelligence and willpower alongside the three elements of classic economics - raw materials, capital and labour - thus putting the entrepreneur at the very heart of the economic process.
The University is committed to a policy of internationalisation as an integral part of its education policy and has been active in international programmes since the very early years.
It has active links with universities all over the world and teaches part of its programmes in English.
The Italian degree system
The Italian Higher Education system is based on two main cycles - the first cycle is a bachelor level degree (Laurea) worth 180 credits and the second cycle degree is a master level (Laurea Magistrale) worth 120 credits.
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