WHAT ARE THE I.T.S., ISTITUTI TECNICI SUPERIORI (higher technical institutes)
Istituti Tecnici Superiori (better known as I.T.S.) were established following the implementation of a Prime Minister Decree dating back to 2008 that aimed to ensure a permanent offer of two-year courses of studies in technology, in line with regional, national and European economic programs.
I.T.S.s are constituted under the “Participatory foundation” form, almost like a “small polytechnic school” providing an educational offer specialized in a specific sector, with a high percentage of in-company training and didactic activities based on project work, case simulations and workshops; the aim: to shape “super” technicians.
- They are “special schools with a high technology content” aimed at shaping super technicians with high-tech and high-touch skills.
- They are a post-secondary educational channel, parallel to academic careers.
- They train higher level technicians in 6 strategic technological areas for both economic and competitiveness development.
- The 2000-hour courses are spread over 2 years.
- Didactics focuses on laboratory activities and includes compulsory internship for at least 30% of the total number of hours, which can even be carried out abroad.
- At least 50% of the teachers are working professionals.
- Students are awarded Training Credit Units (TCU), recognised by all Universities.