School-Work Alternation, artisanry 4.0, startups, courses for executives and summer programs for high school students.
These are just some of the results and objectives of the Milano LUISS Hub for makers and students: the University’s new multifunctional space.
Among the participants in the May 14 Opening Day were LUISS President, Emma Marcegaglia, Rector Paola Severino, General Manager Giovanni Lo Storto, Deputy Rector Andrea Prencipe, Executive Vice President Luigi Serra, Director of Orientation and Enterpreneurship Roberto Costantini and Milan City Council Critsina Tajani.
Unveiled in November 2017, the Milano LUISS Hub has over 1,600 square meters of renovated spaces dedicated to public use thanks to the collaboration of the City of Milan, Fondazione Brodolini and ItaliaCamp.
“The Milano LUISS Hub,” explains LUISS President Emma Marcegaglia, “is an open space, where students, specialized educational programs and the workforce meet, creating an ecosystem that facilitates their entrance into the labor force. In this multifunctional space, we develop skills to support entrepreneurship and the growth of innovative startups in addition to a better understanding of our participants' aptitudes and inclinations. Having such a vital space in Milan is important for the city as well as for high school students in the area, to which LUISS offers training and career orientation courses.”
During the event, the Hub introduced some of its new programs, including the first summer university orientation programs, Orientation Summer School, offered in collaboration with Humanitas University. The program introduces high school students interested in Political Science, Law, Economics, Medicine or Physical Therapy.
The acronym LUISS starts with L, for libera [free], and with our initiatives, we want to give young people the freedom to choose their future paths by helping them make informed decisions. Even if it means collaborating with other universities,” says LUISS Rector Paola Severino.
“We believe it is important that it is not the digital sphere that runs the world. We need a new generation of legal experts, economists, sociologists and political scientists that are educated to understand all aspects of digital sciences and ready to face the challenges that innovation poses. For this reason, investing in this stimulating opportunity in Milan to shape young talents before they graduate high school represents the beginning of a new professional path that leads us to the next generations of professionals who are ready to face change before it arises.”
The Milano LUISS Hub is also a second home to the LUISS ENLABS startup factory, with 280 square meters of space dedicated to 20 innovative companies. The University’s Rome-based startup accelerator is a joint venture with LVenture Group, which recently put out its first international call for the lifestyle sector.
The multifunctional space is also open to citizens and their ideas with the MetaFabLab: the workshop dedicated to urban manufacturing 4.0, hosting events and educational sessions that are open to the public.
“In under three years, from conception to fruition, we were able to give a concrete response to the growing request for spaces from young creatives and the world of makers,” declared City Council Member Cristina Tajani. She adds: “A new urban space that allows students, startuppers, producers and artisans to have a physical space to come together in the name of innovation and creativity, bringing new-generation manufacturing back to the city, while creating a reference point for school-work alternation programs.