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The School

The Scuola di Studi Superiori Ferdinando Rossi of the University of Turin  (SSST) is an institution of excellence and higher education for University Studies, which started on November 2009.
The primary aim of the School, also named School of Government, is to educate future leaders, able to address the world's most urgent problems and challenges. The SSST courses prepare students for careers with high responsibility positions, either in government, in non-governmental organizations or in the private sector.

The main educational purpose is to form a new, modern governing class, characterized by multidisciplinary competencies, capable of exercising directive functions and to manage the complexity.
Our conviction is that a deep knowledge of human and natural sciences is crucial to understand the actual world situation and its progressive transformation from the economic, politic, social, geophysical and bio-anthropological points of view.

The higher education program is thus aimed at providing the students with specific skills, required to identify, understand and effectively solve newly-emerging problems oin the continuously evolving society.

The goal is achieved through a solid interdisciplinary training, in order to give a global vision of the present world, the society, the individuals and the nature.

The School is organized in two classes:

  •     The Government and the Human Sciences
  •     The Government and the Natural Sciences

Students have to enroll in one of the two Classes, but can also follow courses and seminars of other classes or inter-class courses.

The SSST scholars are students from all degree courses of the University of Turin, selected on merit criteria through competitive national exams.

The students of the SSST are hosted at no expenses in the Colleges of the University of Turin, are exempted from paying University taxes, and are awarded an annual scholarship from the SSST.

The SSST students must comply with the following didactic duties:

  • complete all exams in due time (within the academic year);
  • pass every exam with a mark not less than 24/30;
  • achieve an average mark at the end of every year of at least 27/30.

For the 2018/19 Academic Year will be selected:

  • Thirty students, enrolled into the two classes, at the 1st year of all degree courses of the University of Turin.

Information on Organization and Structure of SSST and its offering are available on the "Structure and organization of the courses" and the "School Regulations" sections

To contact the School:
Tel: +39 011 670 2962 or 2960



Executive Council

Gianmaria Ajani, Rector of the University of Turin - Chair

Michele Graziadei  - Vicepresident

Alberto Alma
Alessandro Sembenelli
Alessandro Zennaro
Francesca Culasso
Rocchina Cornacchia
Massimo Bruno

Students' representative: Ubertino Rosso e Michele CiruzziScientific Council

Adriano Chiò - Chair
Michele Caselle
Gianluca Cuozzo
Patrizia Delpiano
Anna Maria Fino
Paolo Ghirardato
Cristina Giacoma
Ugo Pagallo
Cecilia Pennacini
Gabriele Ricchiardi

Students' representative
for the Government and the Human Sciences Class: Enrico Fedeli
for the Government and the Natural Sciences: Erica Bertozzi


The School aims at forming a modern governing class for public and private organizations, able to direct functional processes and to address complex problems. The educational program of the School provides the students with a multidisciplinary body of knowledge and expertise in different fields of human, social and natural sciences. 
The students of the SSST must be highly motivated, plastic, versatile and interested in each aspect of the culture and knowledge. The School is open to students from all Faculties of the University of Turin, willing to extend their horizons of knowledge and professional perspectives beyond the limits of the educational programs offered by their individual Faculties.

The courses at the SSST are held in parallel to those of the different Faculties of our University. SSST courses integrate and complement the Faculty courses both for their contents and for the teaching modalities. The teaching staff includes professors from the University of Turin and outstanding visiting professors from other Italian and International academic institutions. 
The educational program of the SSST includes a wide range of courses and seminars, held by experts in the specific fields. The courses are focused on highly relevant socio-political themes and are conducted with a multidisciplinary attitude that integrates fundamental notions of human and natural sciences. Multidisciplinarity is the core element of the SSST educational program in both the Laurea Triennale (Bachelor Degree), aimed at endowing students with a knowledge-based critical mindset, and the Laurea Magistrale (Master Degree), aimed at providing students with more specific analytical and operative skills.

A detailed description of the SSST courses can be found in the section Structure and organization of the courses

Structure and organization of the courses
The School is structured in two classes:

Government and human sciences 
disciplinary areas: Anthropology, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Sociology, History

Government and natural sciences
disciplinary areas: Agrarian Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Psychology, Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Statistics.

Students are enrolled in one of the two Classes, but are free to attend courses of the other class or inter-class courses.

Each course of the SSST includes 40 hours (5 credits) of lessons, seminars or technical training. Five courses (25 credits) will be held for each year. Among them, each student has to choose 3 courses (15 credits)/year.

Moreover, thanks to bilateral  agreements with external institutions, such as the Collegio Carlo Alberto Foundation, students of the SSST can also acquire credits by attending external courses.

Educational Program 2018-2019

First Semester

  • Academic writing and public speaking - Referring Professor: Cristiano Furiassi
  • The Antropocene - Referring Professor: Gabriele Ricchiardi
  • Law, Politics and GlobalizationLaw, Politics and Globalization - Referring Professor: Michele Graziadei
  • War and terrorism - Referente: Prof. Fabio Armao
  • Determinants of decision making: the concept of free will - Referring Professor: Prof. Silvio Bellino
  • English Language - Referring Professor: Cristiano Furiassi
  • Mathematical Models I - Referring Professors: Luigi Rodino and Paolo Boggiatto
  • Theology, power and society: cartografhies and lexicon - Referring Professor: Patrizia Delpiano

Second Semester

  • Biomedicine and scientific experimentation - Referring Professor: Adalberto Merighi
  • Elements of game Theory - Referring Professor: Paolo Cermelli
  • Contemporary Europe - Referring Professor: Francesco Tuccari
  • Languages in history and society: contacts of civilisations and people - Referring Professor: Alessandro Vitale Brovarone
  • Mediation and negotiation of conflicts - Referring Professor: Armando Guevera Gil (visiting professor)
  • (visiting professor)
  • Production and culture of food in the twenty-first century - Referring Professor: Giorgio Borreani
  • Gender issues: models, bodies, politics - Referring Professor: Cecilia Pennacini
  • Complex Systems -Referring Professor: Michele Caselle
  • Ageing Society: a bridge between Frailty and Successful Ageing - Referring Professor: Emanuela Rabaglietti
  • Visual Semiotics - Referring Professor: Everardo Reyes (visiting professor)

Download pdf - Educational Program A.A. 2018-2019

The selection of the students is based on merit only. 
Admission examination for both classes includes: 

WRITTEN TEST: Students are asked to answer three questions, chosen among six questions, proposed by the board, concerning significant problems of the contemporary society. The test is aimed at assessing the analytical capacities, the critical mindset and the linguistic competence of the candidate. 

ORAL TEST: It consists in an interview aimed at verifying candidate’s vocation to study, cultural background and motivation. Candidates are requested to present one letter of intents, explaining their projects and their motivation to join the School, and two reference letters from high-school teachers or any other person able to provide significant information about their skills, attitudes and previous education. 

Questions proposed for the written tests in past years

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