Italian universities: those that break down the barriers between science, technology and the humanities

But innovative courses do not stop at the field of engineering. The three-year cycle of Economics and Big Data at Roma Tre University, activated precisely from this year, aims to train graduates who combine economic, business, legal, math and statistics skills, own of the degrees of economy, with those of computer science and programming, with emphasis in the competitions of the area Stem (acronym in English of science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Remaining in Rome, in Tor Vergata last October the Master in Political Philosophy and Economics was launched, with the aim of connecting philosophy with the world of work, from history and law to sociology and the economy.

A instead, combining computer science and the humanities He is in charge of several courses: the three-year and the master’s degree in humanities at the University of Pisa, but also the master’s degree in Digital humanities and digital knowledge from the University of Bologna and the master ‘s degree from the University of Genoa a Digital humanities Communication and new media. In addition to subjects such as digital and linguistic culture, there are courses such as algorithmics and web design.

But technology also enters with the right leg into other disciplines. Thus was born the course of legal sciences for innovation of the University of Macerata, which combines legal issues with technology, but also the protection of rights and privacy and the course of medicine and surgery of the Technological University of Naples Federico II that has a focus on the most advanced technologies applied to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The Degree in digital education proposed by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, on the other hand, aims to combine the knowledge needed to operate in digital educational and training contexts with an approach: digital education in clinical disciplines and for public health. Continuing in the field of humanities, the degree in Global Humanities offers a multidisciplinary degree in the literary, artistic, socio-anthropological, historical-religious, political-legal paths.

Thanks to the collaboration between Bocconi University and the Politecnico di Milano, the master’s degree in cyber risk strategy and governance which is based on a highly interdisciplinary program focused on developing skills to assess, govern and manage risks and opportunities related to digital and technological innovation. To do this, students will acquire the skills in Computer sciencecrucial for a deep understanding of the cyber world, as well as the economic, management and legal aspects related to cyber risk.

Possible futures

Therefore, it is clear that interdisciplinary – and multidisciplinary – studies represent the basis for the new generations. managing and facing an increasingly complex society, where each situation must be observed from multiple points of view and new ways of thinking must be developed. “National standards have added more flexibility than the very rigid cages of yesteryear“Indeed, steps have been taken in this direction at the ministerial level.

More precisely, in Ministerial Decree 133 of 2021, we read that “all related training activities can be part of similar or complementary activities scientific-disciplinary sectors not provided for basic and / or characterizing activitiesas defined by the ministerial decrees determining the degree and master’s classes, which guarantee a multi and interdisciplinary training of the student.“It simply came to our notice then The sun 24 hours a day, that only in 12 of the new 186 courses promoted by the National Council of Universities there is this flexibility, or 6% of the total. Therefore, the road to flexible and integrated training is still long, although we are beginning to take the first steps.

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