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International opportunities for students


July, 20th to July, 28th 2018


UniTrento offers the ideal interdisciplinary academic environment to host a school on automotive business and innovation, a topic of research and teaching which is high in the agenda of the Departments of Economics and Management (innovation management and business modelling, new product development, strategic competition and organization), Industrial Engineering (mechatronics, prototyping, additive manufacturing, formula student competition), and of Information Engineering and Computer Science (internet of things, autonomous driving vehicle, smart city). In the local research ecosystem there are also other research labs, like Centro Ricerche FCA, which represent ideal partners for the Summer School.
The School will tackle issues ranging from business in competitive environments such as Formula 1 and technical and market driven innovation. Teamwork activities will be project based and will consist in developing a startup project for an innovation in the field or innovative problem-solving aimed at bettering the competitive advantage of existing corporations. Participants will be introduced and exposed to a wide range of instructors and business mentors and will have the opportunity to pitch their solution to a selected panel of mentors. 

Participants’ background

Admissions reserved to up to 40 senior Undergraduate and Graduate students with the following background: Economics, Business, Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Data Science, Material Science, Mechatronic Engineering, Computer and Data Science. A good level of English is needed (B2). Selection and nomination by partner institutions. For external students the selection will be made by UniTrento.

Workload and credits

The Summer school, in English language, foresees 8 hours/day of organized activities (debates, worshops, seminars, teamwork, visits to local companies, excursion), plus preparation hours.
The Teaching Methodology consists of: Pre-and post-assignment; flipped classroom, traditional classes; mentoring sessions, videoconference lectures with major industry representatives, teamwork; final project with pitch presentation.
Extra activities: Company visits with Centro Ricerche FCA (Trento) and with Pro-M Facility at Polo Meccatronica (Rovereto). 
At the end of the summer school participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 (+2 optional) ECTS 


In UniTrento premises.


All participants will be accommodated in University apartments / shared hotel rooms.

Participation costs

Reduced fee reserved to students from UniTrento partners universities: 800 Euros
Fee for external students: 1.500 Euros.
Accommodation and meals are included in the participation fee while travel costs are to be covered individually by participants.


Nominations by extra-EU partner Universities: by mid-February 2018
Nominations by EU partner Universities: by 30th April 2018
Application by students coming from extra-EU Universities (either partner or not): by 31st March 2018
Application by students coming from EU Universities  (either partner or not): by 31st May 2018


Sandro Trento, Department of Economics and Management sandro.trento [at] unitn.it
Co-organizer: Paolo Bosetti, Department of Industrial Engineering paolo.bosetti [at] unitn.it