campuses (Milano, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Roma and Campobasso),
14 colleges, 72 three-year Major tracks (as established
by a recent decree), 7 graduate level degrees, 54 specializations,
47 master tracks, and 59 post-graduate specialization courses.
These are the basic numbers that characterize the Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, founded in 1921 by Father
Agostino Gemelli and legally recognized by the Italian state
on October 2nd, 1924. During the university's distinguished
history, there have been six University Presidents since
Father Gemelli: Francesco Vito, Ezio Franceschini, Giuseppe
Lazzati, Adriano Bausola, Sergio Zaninelli, and the current
acting President - Lorenzo Ornaghi.
From among the universities which award legally recognized
degrees (as with Italian State Universities), the Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the most comprehensive and
complete in Italy. Our network of Cultural Development Centers
extends as far as the Italian islands, making our University
strongly national, with the added bonus of also being recognized
in the international scientific community.
Thanks to its prestigious faculty, the Università
Cattolica excels in the diverse and articulate study opportunities
that it offers, both in the humanities, as well as the scientific
fields. Through the courses offered, combined with strong
research programs, the university values and promotes an
interdisciplinary approach which helps students gain scientific
knowledge in a responsible and autonomous fashion.
Our extensive research program closely collaborates with
16 internal colleges, 64 departments and 72 research centers.
Their common goal is the understanding and study of those
topics that have proved vital to the well being of each
human being: the new frontiers of economics, bioethics,
environmental recuperation, developments in the judicial
fields, family dynamics, major mass phenomena, the evolution
of political systems, new horizons in medicine, the technological
applications of physics and mathematics, and the most recent
discoveries in environmental research.
Opportunities for academic development and growth don't
by any means end with the confirmation of degrees, but are
rather continually enhanced through further opportunities
available to alumni, already entrenched in professional
careers, by keeping them in contact with the more than 40,000
enrolled Cattolica students through extra curricular and
The attention given to each individual student and his/her
specific interests starts with enrollment and continues
throughout and beyond the completion of a diploma or degree.
In fact, it is because of the many services offered by the
Cattolica, such as orientation activities, specialized tutoring
labs specifically designed to accompany and guide students
during their academic path, internships and stages, study
abroad and Erasmus programs both in and beyond European
countries, and job-placement services which help students
select a future career, that we establish a strong tie between
the university and the professional world.
CRATOS - Center of Research on Applications of Telematics
to Organizations and Society
Centre of Research on Applications of Telematics to Organisations
and Society, belongs to the of the Faculty of Economics
of the Università
Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
CRATOS is managing the "Master
of Management in the Network Economy" (MiNE), the
first international-level Master fully dedicated to New
Economy themes. CRATOS research activities are directed
towards the invention and the study of new applications
of information and communication technologies to industry,
commerce and, more generally, to all of society.
Telematics is the discipline that deals with the systems
deriving from the combined use of information and communication
technology. It came about with the first networks for the
transmission of electronic data between computers, and developed
above all with the introduction of packet switching and
of digitalisation; while the former led to the Internet,
the first global telematic network, the latter extended
the benefits of the combination of communication and computing
to information of all types, including audio, video, and
fixed images. The progress of telematics has always been
fuelled more by technology than by applications. Only in
recent times have we woken up to the real use that telematics
can be put to in the manufacturing, commerce and service
industries, as well as to the profound influence that its
widespread introduction into daily life will have on society
in general. A small, but growing, group of researchers have
therefore begun to shift their attention from the problems
of technology to applications, ranging from engineering
to the socio-economic impact of telematics. CRATOS is one
of the fruits of this current tendency: the nucleus from
which it was born is made up of experts in telematic technologies
(above all of multimedia communication and computing), interested
in the applications of such technologies, and who bring
with them technical know-how which is rare in the environments
in which CRATOS operates.
Amongst the research topics that CRATOS considers part of
its "jurisdiction" are Internet and similar network
applications (intranet and extranet, for example): electronic
commerce, advertising, multimedia conferencing, communications
(telephone, videophone), telework, information retrieval
(above all on the World Wide Web, but also from various
databases), video-on-demand, customer assistance, virtual
business, and so on.
There are also very similar topics concerning future broadband
telematic networks "with integrated services",
designed specifically for multimedia traffic. One of the
"meta-application" problems still to be faced
concerns the choice of services that these networks will
have to offer in order to facilitate the creation and use
of new applications.
Finally, we should mention multimedia applications (with
different "meta-questions" regarding, for example,
the structuring methods of such applications, or the use
of multimedia techniques to facilitate access to telematic
systems by reluctant or untrained persons).
Key people: Prof. Domenico Ferrari
Contact person: Elena
Murelli (Tel.: +39-0523-599446)
Staff working on the project: Roberto Bernazzani,
Elena Murelli, Gianni Zanrei