Italy’s Politecnico di Torino, well known for its Post Graduate Masters’ course in Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines, is opening up a new MSc course track to overseas students.
“Our Tunnelling and TBM course is only open to students who already have an MSc or who have professional experience,” explains Professor Daniele Peila, who is responsible for the courses. “We are getting lots of requests from students with Bachelors’ degrees, who can’t be admitted to that course but who want to get a grounding in geo-engineering and tunnelling.”
Until now, the MSc track in Geo-Engineering has only been taught in Italian, but the Politecnico di Torino will now provide the course in English. Studied over two years, this Geo-Engineering Master’s covers site investigations, rock and soil engineering, impact of infrastructure projects on the environment and society, sustainable use of resources and climate change risks. The Geo-Engineering MSc track could then lead onto the Masters in Tunnelling and TBMs, says Peila.
“Due to the importance given today to the enviromental impact of the industry, this track has been inserted and into the Masters’ Degree Programme of Environmental and Land Engineering, an existing programme at Politecnico di Torino,” explains Peila.
Both the Politecnico de Torino’s courses will be delivered via a mixture of face-to-face and remote teaching. Peila and his colleagues have been forced to teach remotely over the past 12 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has provided lots of valuable lessons on how to create an effective blended learning offer, says Peila.
Peila hopes to welcome students from all over the world on the new Geo-Engineering Masters: “As well as students from emerging economies, I am also hoping to see people from the US and Canada, where going to university is very expensive,” he says. “If they come to Italy, it is less expensive to study and they will eat very well!”
Both courses will start in the next academic year. Enrolment is now open, and all the information can be found of the Politecnico di Torino web page.