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Home | The Strategic plan | The Second Strategic Plan | Education and training
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In an advanced economy, in which ideas, innovation and the ability to produce new forms of knowledge create a competitive edge, education and training is a fundamental lever for development. The underlying thesis of the 2nd Strategic Plan is that by making knowledge the load bearing axis of the growth strategies for Torino’s municipal area, two objectives will be achieved: economic development and social security, as the citizens are given the cultural instruments they need to navigate in this continuously changing world.

The educational axis will examine three interdependent areas: mandatory education for young people, professional training for adults, university education.

  • As far as the younger generations are concerned, the value contemporary society places on knowledge obliges the school system to renovate itself (including its didactic methodology) in order to supply students with the cultural instruments they need to better interact within the socio-economic context. Moreover, the school system must become a vehicle for improving social integration, encouraging a multicultural society and increasing social equity, with particular attention for the immigrant populations, for whom education must become a strong vector of integration within the local society.
  • Regarding adults, it has been proven that life-long learning is a powerful instrument for reducing the risks of being left behind in the work world due to professional obsolescence. In a model of economic development in which work requirements are rapidly changing, even professional institutes must improve their quality, thus guaranteeing solid and versatile training.
  • As for universities, economic and social thrust doesn’t depend solely on available knowledge but on the construction of new knowledge and competences. To this end, specific investments must be dedicated to rendering the university system more international, in order to attract foreign students and prestigious professors, and to become a steady member of university networks, with whom they can collaborate on transnational research projects. It is just as important to strengthen the doctorate degree schools, whose didactic programs are now heavily tipped in favor of academic professions. The relationship with businesses must be encouraged, enabling the doctors to interpret, guide and promote the request for advanced scientific knowledge.


  1. Raise the level of mandatory education for young people
  2. Reinforce the regional system of professional training
  3. Increase the quality of the learning process in education and professional training
  4. Promote the integration of foreign students in the schools
  5. Encourage the internationalization of the university system and attract talents
  6. Rethink university programs for the medium- and long-term periods
  7. Strengthen the system of doctorate degree schools
  8. Support the local vocation for technical-scientific culture
  9. Promote an integrated system of governance for education and training


  • Promote laboratory-based teaching
  • Life-long learning
  • Introduce technical-scientific culture
  • Internationalize the university system
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