The University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera
italiana-USI) was founded in 1996. As a public institution
independent of state control, it joined the nine cantonal
universities and two federal institutes of technology that
form the Swiss university system. It distinguishes itself
as the only university outside Italy where the official
language of tuition is Italian.
Today, USI comprises four Faculties: Economics, Communication Sciences and Computer Science in Lugano, and Architecture in Mendrisio, for a total student population of approximately 1550 from 35 different countries, and a total teaching staff of 300 professors and assistants.
Benefiting from a unique geographic, political, and cultural location, USI has gained distinction as a multilingual and multicultural university, with a broad international outlook. It enjoys privileged relations with several Italian universities, particularly with those located in Northern Italy, and has built special collaborative or exchange partnerships with a number of foreign universities in Europe and elsewhere.
The institute involved in this project is the Istituto linguistico-semiotico.