Events
30
September
2024
30.
09.
2024
14
October
2024
14.
10.
2024
21
October
2024
21.
10.
2024
28
October
2024
28.
10.
2024
04
November
2024
04.
11.
2024
11
November
2024
11.
11.
2024

Welcome 2023, USI welcomes first-year students

c7059e2b56f4741652d63d5b6810ce5e.jpg
8ece364ff173b91a1f5f21898cd700a0.jpg
1655f87edaa3c1fbd870ef60c512e2f5.jpg
7dc622af146afa1b142a8591641da00f.jpg
607708268539bf37ff2be6c9291d880c.jpg
b2aa087d3c10646a3000fe6f81379208.jpg
c5fbfd3deb953debf3c12f8b4cab8d56.jpg
805c0e786c08476eae3af2305ccdb5d5.jpg
5891d78cbb30445556b65543f54ccc45.jpg
8bfbc951acbac5c9b35029ec4e9898ea.jpg
affff61d6a7cef997b3910a5becb42eb.jpg

Institutional Communication Service

15 September 2023

Università della Svizzera italiana welcomed more than 800 first-year students in Lugano and 130 in Mendrisio. The welcome event was packed with participants and activities, including official presentations, campus tours, and introductions to university services. Social gatherings were also held in the lead-up to the YOUniversity USI SUPSI party on 28 September at the Campus Est Lugano.

The autumn semester 2023-24 marks the beginning of the academic path at USI for many Bachelor and Master students; to present the university to the freshmen, the USI Welcome 2023, now in its fourth edition, was held on Thursday, 14 and Friday 15 September at the Lugano and Mendrisio campuses. 

Welcoming the students for the official greetings was another freshman. This year marks the debut year of the Rector Luisa Lambertini, who shared with the students the usual feelings associated with such situations: enthusiasm, curiosity, and a hint of anxiety. The Università della Svizzera italiana is fortunate to have passionate teachers, talented researchers, and a community of students who are eager to share their experiences. The Rector emphasised the importance of being open to change and people from diverse backgrounds. Inclusion, respect, and diversity are core values at USI.

The Pro-rector for education and students' experience, Lorenzo Cantoni, also invited the attentive audience to participate in their education actively, reminding them that, since their inception, universities have practised two forms of teaching: the lectio, i.e. the frontal lecture in which a text was traditionally read and commented on, and the disputatio, a dialogue primarily managed by male and female students.

As in previous editions, Ticino Turismo welcomed first-year students from all over the world, inviting them to discover the beauty of our region. This year, Ticino Turismo has partnered with the Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI), providing free admission to its premises. The freshmen were introduced to the student body's activities, academic tools, and IT services, and then participated in activities based on their study programmes. In the afternoon, administrative services, the University Library, and guided campus tours were available to the students.

USI Welcome 2023 also featured convivial moments: an aperitif in the park adjacent to the Palazzo Canavèe in Mendrisio and the ARCADEmic Get-together at the Lugano Campus, an opportunity to take a leap back in time with pinball, darts and popcorn, challenging one's new classmates in a convivial setting.