As part of the so-called Third Mission, DICI makes its wealth of expertise available to the territory and businesses, in addition to research results, with the aim of improving the well-being of the community and responding to civil, social and economic requests coming from by the community and external subjects.
There is a long tradition of relationships between DICI, deriving from the ex-departments of the industrial area and the production system of the territory, characterized by a high presence of small and medium-sized enterprises, including many with little inclination towards innovation, but also of small and micro enterprises devoted to the technological sector, and of some large enterprises, part of important international groups.
There are consolidated relationships between DICI and the reference area, not only with the other Departments of the University and with the other university institutions and research bodies, with which shared research projects, common study courses are in progress, but also with local public bodies, in particular with the Department’s civil engineering area.
In this historical moment in which companies are called to respond to the challenge of digitization and transformation in the Industry 4.0 key and to pursue Sustainable Development objectives, universities, and in particular departments such as DICI, represent an important asset for growth. of the production system and, on the other hand, interaction with the business world is essential for the enhancement of research and for employment opportunities for graduates
The DICI follows and adopts the tools in place at the University to bring businesses, students and teachers closer with a broader vision of technology transfer, where innovation is transferred to the productive world both through applied research activities and placement of students trained in the innovation (for example, through joint doctorates, master’s thesis, etc.).
DICI carries out a significant activity in the field of continuous training, considering it an important service offered by universities to society, which requires a constant requalification of skills, indispensable to cope with an evolving world of work: the offer of courses is wide first and second level masters.
The initiatives ascribable to the third mission can be summarized as follows:
– continuous training for internal staff and external subjects (Masters);
– collaboration with companies for applied research and direct support activities (Third Party Contracts)
– support for the creation and development of high-tech Spin-off companies;
– enhancement of intellectual property (patents);
– participation, through the University or directly as DICI, with its teachers and researchers, in intermediation structures (technology transfer office, Contamination Lab, placement offices, incubators, consortia and associations, instrumentation centers and large equipment ).