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Greetings from the Director

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, I am honoured to welcome you to the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. IMT represents the perfect combination between the old tradition of university studies, which in Lucca can be traced back to the 14th century, and a highly innovative approach based on the interconnected dialogue between science and humanities. This favours a multidisciplinary and integrated philosophy that the School has adopted since its inception and considers as its vital spirit.

IMT has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and the School’s growth process continues to evolve, including in terms of the educational programmes offered. Some key examples include the recent introduction of disciplines related to behavioural and social neuroscience, which will integrate naturally with studies in the economic, engineering, Information Technology, physics, social studies, cultural heritage, philosophy and ethics.

This journey of growth and development is one of the main reasons why year after year, the number of individuals who arrive in Lucca from around the world to study and teach at the IMT School, united by a common willingness and desire to share knowledge and experiences, continues to increase.

Within this context, the residential campus, housed by the ancient convent of San Francesco, is an ideal place to facilitate and stimulate this sharing. This extraordinary environment drives and motivates the daily interaction between teachers, researchers and students in a natural and spontaneous way, encouraging a multidisciplinary dialogue and the emergence of innovative ideas and projects that extend far beyond the boundaries of the individual disciplines.

History and modernity, culture, a rigorous merit-based process, multidisciplinary focus. These are the fundamental pillars of the School, principals that make it one of the best places in the world to study and develop your potential.


Pietro Pietrini
Director, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca