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Telecom Italia renews its partnership with the world of academics


06/16/2015 - 03:20 PM


Telecom Italia renews its collaboration with the world of academics with the objective of building an innovative, integrated knowledge system to both recognise talent and contribute to the development of better graduates, offering them the opportunity to acquire skills and experience in the field.


Today in Rome, Telecom Italia's Chairman Giuseppe Recchi and CEO Marco Patuano met with rectors, professors, researchers, students and managers at the Auditorium in Via Oriolo Romano. They discussed the results of collaboration between the industrial world and the academic world that focused on key technological trends (fixed and mobile ultrabroadband, network virtualisation, big data, cloud, robotics, smart cities, smart solutions and the internet of things) that are bringing innovation to Italy and creating new skills and professions.


The Telecom Italia group works with universities in three major areas: Joint Open Lab, Master's and PhD degrees and TILab.


Joint Open Lab. Since 2012, there has been a new working model that businesses and universities can use for research, teaching and industrial transfer through "Companies on Campus", where university knowledge and research meets Telecom Italia's expertise. JOLs are located in university campuses and function as contact points within academia; as well, they are part of an Open Innovation process that encourages the cycle of design, development and experimentation leading to a quick market launch of innovative products and services for Telecom Italia, in close relation with its Innovation Center. The presence of Telecom Italia facilitates the attraction of European funding for projects and themes of common interest that encourage development of critical know-how through teaching and creation of training modules on emerging trends. It also facilitates talent attraction for research figures and new graduates to bring into the company.

The five university partners are: the Polytechnic in Turin; the Polytechnic in Milan; the University of Trento and the Bruno Kessler Foundation; Sant'Anna Secondary School in Pisa; the University of Catania. The university campuses in Turin, Milan, Trento, Pisa and Catania have a total of eight laboratories involved in the project.

The project has received EU funding, has involved 200 researchers from Telecom Italia and the universities, has filed 13 patents and has created a national association (Energy@home) for the development and promotion of energy efficient technologies and services.


Roma, 16 june 2015


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