GRAN SASSO SCIENCE INSTITUTE: THE INTERNATIONAL PHD SCHOOL PREPARES ITS THIRD ACADEMIC YEAR
Interview with Eugenio Coccia, Director of the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Professor at the Tor Vergata University of Rome.
Founded in 2013 in L'Aquila, the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school and a research and higher education centre. The GSSI has the objective of training highly qualified human resources, integrating education and research in a lively and interdisciplinary environment promoting a liaison between research and business. The PhD programmes, launched in the 2013-2014 academic year, are in the scientific fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences for innovation and spatial development management.
Professor Coccia, recruitment of PhD students for the third academic year of the GSSI opened a few weeks ago. It is a rather important event, also because it precedes the ANVUR (National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System) evaluation planned for the end of the year. What is your assessment of the first two years of activities?
I would say that the assessment is very positive. Together with the leading-edge professors and researchers that we have managed to involve, we have put together a modern and interdisciplinary teaching offer and research programme, immediately attracting a large number of students. In the first two years, we have had over 1,000 applications from all over the world, with a total of 80 students selected, of which about 50% from abroad.
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