The three Is of Carlo SalvatoAN INCREASINGLY INNOVATIVE AND INCLUSIVE BOCCONI WHERE HUMAN RELATIONS CONTRIBUTE TO EVERYONE'S PERSONAL GROWTH. THIS IS THE GOAL OF THE NEW DEAN OF THE BOCCONI GRADUATE SCHOOL
Innovation, Inclusion, Inspiration. These are the concepts, which curiously all start with the same vowel, around which the Bocconi of the future must grow according to the vision of Carlo Salvato, Full Professor at the Department of Management and Technology and Dean of the Graduate School as well as Deputy Rector. “Innovation because”, he explains, “degree programs must be continually innovated, in close dialogue with the job market. Inclusion, on the other hand, is part of Bocconi's mission. We need to attract students from hitherto under-represented regions, Africa for example, and address categories of people, such as prison inmates, who are still little considered. We are already doing it, but it is a sensitive issue. Inspiration, finally, which is something I personally care a lot about”, Salvato goes on, “understood as springing from the relations that are established between the individuals attending campus, in particular the teacher-student relationship. Technologies can help in this, because by carrying out more marginal functions which would take time away from the faculty, they leave more space for interaction between teachers and students, in a continuous exchange that favors personal growth". From the beginning of high school, Carlo Saves had only one goal in mind: Bocconi. "I wanted to be a manager", he says, "I read ilSole24Ore but what was waiting for me at the university I really didn't know and only understood it afterwards. I was attracted by managerial values, by the role of companies as engines of economic and social transformation. When I understood this concept, I decided that I would undertake the mission to divulge it, in practice that I would do an academic career".
Starting, which is unusual, from pursuing two PhDs at the same time, one at Bocconi, the other in Sweden at Jonkoping, "which has a privileged focus on family companies". In addition to a kind of multiculturalism that immediately catches the eye walking through the spaces of the campus, today's students have an extra characteristic that distinguishes them from those of his generation, says Dean Salvato: "Young people have a stronger attention to social dynamics and to the meaning of their actions. They increasingly believe in the positive impact they can make on society, as evidenced by the growing number of job opportunities in the world of social enterprises”.
by Davide Ripamonti
Translated by Alex Foti