Pubblicato il: 02/10/2023

On 16 October, the University of Milan inaugurates the academic year 2023-2024 and celebrates the first stone of its future science campus in the Milano Innovation District (MIND).

The inauguration of the new academic year will start at 11 am in the Auditorium of Palazzo Italia, viale Rita Levi Montalcini 1, right after the laying of the first stone. Representatives of municipal, regional and national institutions will be present for the occasion.

“This date is extremely important for our University, as it was founded by Royal Decree precisely on 16 October 1923”, said Rector Elio Franzini. “A hundred years later, we celebrate the new academic year and the laying of the first stone of the new MIND campus, which will redraw the borders of our University. The MIND district is already an innovation hub capable of attracting researchers and cutting-edge companies from all over the world, and soon will host a community made up of more than 23,000 students, researchers, professors and staff members”.

The inauguration of the academic year 2023-2024 will open with the Italian and European hymns played by the string quartet of the Orchestra of the University, formed by: Federico Silvestro and Christine (violins), Miloš Rakić (viola) Francesco Dessy (violoncello). The ceremony will then proceed with the institutional greetings by the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the coordination of economic policy and public investment planning Alessandro Morelli, Alessandro Fermi, the Lombardy’s Regional Councillor for University, Research and Innovation, and Milan’s Mayor Giuseppe Sala.

After that, Rector Elio Franzini will present his report, followed by the speeches of Elia Montani, President of the Student Council of the University of Milan, and Carlo Ratti, director of MIT Senseable City Laboratory and creator of the MIND Campus design. To close the ceremony, the string quartet of the University’s Orchestra will perform the Gaudeamus Igitur 

Radio presenter Filippo Solibello will host the event.

The celebration will also be live streamed on YouTube and La Statale Video, as the Auditorium of Palazzo Italia can only host a small number of participants.


  • The University of Milan