Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902, with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant. Named for his lost son, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi thus became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics.
Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. While a private institution, Bocconi has traditionally been more than an elite university. It has consistently promoted and practiced equality of opportunity among its many generations of students, by actively subsidizing the education of disadvantaged and deserving students. In the words of its first Rector and President, Leopoldo Sabbatini, Bocconi's mission is to "promote harmony between school and life."
Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. Its research projects are funded by national and supranational institutions. By virtue of being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with like-minded European and American universities and business schools. Bocconi has close relations with major corporations and international agencies, as well as their managers and officials, and constantly interacts with the business and economic environment to assess new issues, implement new techniques, and start new research endeavors.
Università Bocconi offers students a total of 2000 housing rooms in 8 University Residences:
The Bocconi Library supports the educational and research mission of the University with up-to-date multidisciplinary collections, quality services as well as one-to-one assistance in selecting appropriate information and documents.The value and completeness of its collections make the Library a landmark institution for the economic academic community in Italy.
Bocconi IT Services, ICT, has the responsibility of planning and developing IT management systems and teaching support applications, as well as the management of the University's IT infrastructure.Application projects are monitored with particular interest, as productivity tools in the Intranet/Internet environments are made available to Students, Academic Staff and Non-Teaching Staff.
The campus is the stage for many cultural, sports and social events that are important opportunities for students to expand the horizons of their knowledge, cultivate their interests, exchange views on current topics and socialize.Special emphasis is placed on the activities organized directly by the students themselves and made available to the community. Through sports, theater, cinema, music, radio and TV, Bocconi students express their creativity and enliven their time on campus and their university experience.