Academic Year 2015-16 officially open. New campus at the center of the Opening Ceremony

Today, November 24th, the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2015-16 of Humanitas University has taken place at the presence of the major local and national Authorities. During the Ceremony the new campus project of about 20.000 sq. m. currently under construction was presented. Among the international guests Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, has held a lectio magistralis on the importance of vaccines as an investment for global health and safety.

7Works for the new campus of Humanitas University have started some weeks ago. With 4 new buildings dedicated to education, student services, research and university activities, accommodation for students and researchers, the campus will reach over 20.000 square meters and will be ready for the academic year 2017/18. Besides classrooms and laboratories, dorms, study rooms and sport facilities the new campus will host a last generation Simulation Center of about 1.000 mq, with 4 operating rooms, 3 multimedia rooms, 2 ambulatories, 1 emergency room, 4 rooms for clinical and surgical skills, 1 microscope room, 1 wet lab.

This topic has been at the center of the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2015/16 which has taken place this morning at Humanitas Congress Center. Many local and national Authorities were present: Mrs. Giannini (Italian Minister of Education, University and Research), Mario Melazzini (Assessor of Production, Research and Innovation of the Lombardy Region), Mr. Pisapia (Mayor of Milan), Mrs. Agogliati (Major of Rozzano) and Mr. Festa (Major of Pieve Emanuele).

The President of Humanitas Gianfelice Rocca, the Rector of Humanitas University Marco Montorsi and the Vice Rector for Research Alberto Mantovani have intervened at the ceremony.

As an international guest Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI, Gavi – Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, has held a lectio magistralis on the topical issue of vaccination of children of under-developed as an investment for global health and safety.

Humanitas as a big “teaching laboratory”

The Ceremony is a fundamental moment of celebration for Humanitas University’s community: 340 students from all over the world, and in particular, besides Italy, UK, USA, Greece, India, Canada, Nigeria. International Faculty made of 23 professors, 200 medical and research tutors and 7 visiting professors, including medicine Nobel Prizes Rolf Zinkernagel and Jules Hoffmann. An Advisory Board made of 7 international experts in the field of research and university, originating from leading institutions such as Karolinska Institutet, Imperial College and the University of Leuven.

“Teaching Hospitals are “cathedrals of thought” where the three pillars of the knowledge triangle (clinical care, research and education) are combined with ethics and economic sustainability” – explains President Rocca.

“Humanitas is a “teaching laboratory”, a stimulating and lively atmosphere committed to clinical care and research. People in Humanitas can learn by doing and can ethically pursue their own mission: medicine.

Prof. Montorsi: we want to attract and educate talented students from all over the world

“We started with 12% of foreign students in 2014, our first year, now we have already reached 44%, including students from non European countries, with the goal of a steady 50% of the student population made up of foreign students for the future.” – says Prof. Montorsi, Rector of Humanitas University.

“We strongly believe in internationalization, because Medicine has no national boundaries. Internationalization means to us providing Italian medical students with the best knowledge, in order to be able to apply it abroad both in clinical activity and in research, but also to attract and educate talented students from all over the world, so that at the end of their education at Humanitas University they bring knowledge and innovation to their home countries.”


Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.