The Master of Science in Digital Skills for Sustainable Societal Transitions has been designed to train the digital expert, a professional that can understand how technologies impact societies and cities' transitions towards new development models. The digital expert can effectively interpret technological innovation in the industrial sector, in public administration, in consultancies for digital transformation, in scientific and technological research, as well as in social enterprises and in the third sector.
The MSc is characterized by a strong multi-disciplinary approach that allows the digital expert to work in teams with digital technology related skills (e.g. programming techniques, database management, data elaboration) as well as practical skills, with competencies in business management and management sciences, with in-depth knowledge in a specific transition-related process:
de-carbonization and energy transition;
valorization of the cultural heritage.
The different courses that are offered aim at the integration of specialized digital skills with those of the social and human sciences to develop the necessary capacity to understand how actors’ variegated competencies are associated and connected. This integration fits the complexity of the interaction between information and communication technologies and cities, industries, and territories where they impact: the transition towards new production and consumption models is mediated by social practices, public services, and the legal regulation of the use of technological innovations. The integration of technical and social sciences knowledge, furthermore and when referred to cities and territories as engines for sustainable transitions, allows to train professionals that can contribute to the development of urban and spatial policies that can be helpful for the business sector as well as the public one and for the development of communities in general.
What do we mean exactly by Digital Expert?
In the following, we provide four examples of professional profiles.
Digital expert in the field of urban heritage innovation and valorization
He or she works by means of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the critical and historical contextualization of heritage processes in cities also in relation to museums. The digital expert is able to plan and manage actions aimed to integrate and representing cultural information as well as planning communication strategies related to heritage valorization.
Digital expert in the field of Industry 4.0 methodologies and tools.
He or she works in the digitalization of industrial processes, with particular emphasis on issues related to predictive maintenance, the creation of "digital twins", quality control, integrated management of production systems, also through the use of Manufacturing Execution System tools (MES). Using a data-driven approach, the expert defines innovative technological strategies and solutions in the manufacturing sector according to the "Industry 4.0" paradigm. He can also operate with roles and functions of horizontal connection between IT, administrative and managerial areas of companies, companies, and entities, public and/or private.
Digital innovation expert in the domain of energy transition and de-carbonization processes.
He or she works in the field of urban energy and environmental planning and management, including sustainable mobility. Using a data-driven approach, he or she suggests innovative technological strategies and solutions in the energy and environmental sustainability sector. The expert operates with roles and functions of horizontal connection between IT, administrative, managerial, and communication areas in public and/or private companies, companies, and entities.
Expert in innovative and data-driven services for local private companies and public administrations.
He or she works in the field of technological innovation and organizational change within companies and administrations. Thanks to a data-driven approach, he suggests innovative technological strategies and solutions in the area of ?? personnel management and relations with external publics.
The expert operates with roles and functions of horizontal connection between IT, administrative, managerial, and communication areas in companies, companies, and entities, public and/or private.
Organization of the Master Course
The Master of Science is organized in a first-year dedicated to learning about the relevant programming instruments, database management, artificial intelligence, and geographical information systems (GIS) as well as fundamental knowledge related to business and public administration management, to social transformations, and to legal regulation of technological innovation.
The second year, then, centers on applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as other information and communication technologies applied to the development of sustainable solutions for post-carbon communities.
The program ends with a semester where the acquired digital expertise is used to design and/or study a specific case for the final thesis to highlight the student’s capacity to work autonomously.
Activities for the final thesis include a traineeship in companies, public administration bodies, or research institutes.
The Master Course in Biomedical Engineering is organized in three specialization pathways:
Digital Urban Heritage
Urban Smart Mobility
In the following shortlist of the courses grouped per period.
1st year, 1st term
1st year, 2nd term
Introduction to ICT
Computer Programming in Python
Economy and business organization
Digital government transformation
Geographical Information System
Applied and AI and Machine Learning
Data ethics and protection
2nd year, 1st term
2nd year, 2nd term
IoT and Cloud for sustainable communities
Post-carbon sustainable communities studios +
Transport innovation for sustainable, inclusive, and smart mobility or
Industry 4.0: Methodologies and case studies or
Urban Heritage: Digital humanities Methodologies and case studies
Collaborations and Partnerships
We highly recommend our students take part in ERASMUS+ mobility projects. Information on possible destinations and calls for applications will be available on the website of the program and on the university website.
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