Schools of Advanced Studies
The prestigious European tradition of Schools of Advanced Studies is today represented in our country by seven institutions: Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Scuola IMT Alti Studi (Scuola IMT), Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (Scuola IUSS) and the Scuola Superiore Meridionale.
The Schools of Advanced Studies share the same values and are defined as "learning communities", i.e. public institutions that value merit and are characterized by the numerically privileged relationship between the teaching staff and students, by a strong research orientation, by interdisciplinarity, and by a system of consolidated national and international relations. In January 2021, the Schools of Advanced Studies signed a collaboration agreement that aims to build a "Network of excellence in research and higher education" through the implementation of joint initiatives aimed at strengthening the role of the Schools in research, in high merit and cutting-edge training, in the exploitation of research results, in the management of intellectual property and more generally in the social impact.