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Joint School of Design and Innovation Centre  

The Joint School of Design and Innovation Centre, opened in Xi’an (China) on 7 September 2019, is the result of a long-term cooperation between Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) and Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), and Polimi’s first campus outside Italy. The Joint School is an international platform dedicated to education and research as well as technology transfer and business incubation.


Combining Italian creative and multidisciplinary approach with Chinese expertise in large scale engineering projects, the School pursues the following goals:

  • delivering innovative and interdisciplinary study programs
  • providing new academic opportunities for young researchers worldwide
  • promoting joint research projects between the academia and the industry
  • training entrepreneurs in key technology sectors
  • supporting Italian companies entering the Chinese market


Located in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities of China and home to the Terracotta Army, the Joint School is hosted in a smart building designed by Polimi architects, in the Western China Science and Technology Innovation Harbour (iHarbour). iHarbour is an ambitious project, which includes the new campus of XJTU and a number of research centres founded in collaboration with the Chinese Government, as well as Chinese and international companies.


The long-standing partnership between Polimi and XJTU, one among the most prestigious Chinese universities, provides a growing number of opportunities for students and professors from both sides, including:

  1. Double degree and short term mobility programs in engineering, architecture and design
  2. Summer schools 
  3. Students competitions
  4. Joint activities in the field of research, technology transfer and projects design

Polimi is also part of the University Alliance of the Silk Road (UASR), launched by XJTU in 2015. The Alliance, which comprises around 150 universities, is a global network with the purpose of developing synergies among the countries touched by the New Silk Road, through research cooperation and cultural exchanges. Polimi has been appointed UASR President for two consecutive years starting from January 2020.


Sergio Pignari
Rector’s Delegate for the Joint School of Design and Innovation Centre
tel. +390223993726

Livia De Zan
tel. +390223992448