Institut Technique Supérieur

Boosts carreers. Since 1916.

Since 1916, the "Institut Technique Supérieur" has been synonymous with knowledge transfer and professional achievement. Originally founded to give an academic perspective to refugees and soldiers during the First World War, the Institute has grown steadily over the years and enabled many 20th century personalities to earn a recognized academic title.

Nowadays, anyone who detains a professional maturity (i.e. a general qualification for university entrance in his respective country) and solid professional experience in one of the subjects proposed by the ITS can, through preparatory works and a master's thesis, acquire an engineering title ITS recognized, among others, by the Society of Professional Engineers of France (Société Nationale des Ingénieurs Professionnels de France, SNIPF).

Discover amazing facts about the ITS:

ITS professor contributed to ENIAC

One of the pioneers of computer software on the very first "real" computers - was a professor at ITS.

Enzo Aparo, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Università la Sapienza in Rome was involved in the development of the very first IBM computers (ENIAC / FINAC), doing important research on the programming of these innovative machines.

His work has greatly contributed to the first "serious" use of computers, the execution of freely definable and "intelligent" programs - unlike the previous use of predecessors of computers that were much less versatile.

Enzo Aparo was also a very active professor at ITS, where he taught several branches and disseminated the results of his research, which formed the basis of what later became Operations Research. In particular, he inspired many students from Olivetti, one of the leading computer producers at the time.

The Underground University of Rome was … the ITS.

After Mussolini banned Jews from forming, a clandestine university was created in Rome. The classes were taught by ITS.

The introduction of fascist racial laws in 1938 made it impossible for Italian Jewish students and teachers to be educated. Although the Jewish community eventually found a solution for basic education, access to universities was impossible for anyone of Jewish faith.

In 1941, Guido Coen and Guido Castelnuovo, then in close contact with the ITS, agreed to organize "clandestine" university courses in engineering sciences, using all the structure and equipment of the ITS. In addition, Castelnuovo appeals as much as possible to Jewish teachers who were unemployed as a result of racial laws. Thus, Maria Piazza in chemistry and mineralogy, the architect Angelo Di Castro, the engineer Giulio Supino in hydraulic engineering in Bologna and Vito Camiz, engineer and mathematician pupil of Castelnuovo and professor in materials technology and construction techniques, found a job in the context of the underground university. Castelnuovo also uses "Arian" professors, but anti-fascists, such as Giulio Ugo Bisconcini (rational mechanics), Raffaele Lucaroni, assistant of Castelnuovo (analytical and descriptive geometry), Nestore Bernardo Cacciapuoti (physics). Thus, Castelnuovo put in danger his own live, but he succeeded on 16 October 1943 to escape from a raid on the Roman Jews and to find shelter with friends under the name of "Guido Cafiero".

In 1943, the wind turns against the fascists and Guido Castelnuovo addresses the Minister of National Education to ask for the recognition, by Italy, examinations passed in Switzerland. Given the torment of the time, however, his missive was read a year later by the new minister, the philosopher Guido De Ruggiero, who takes the necessary steps to recognize the two years of study of Jewish students who 1944 are admitted again in Italian universities.

ITS - the school for Olivetti's technical research staff

In the post-war period, many industrial companies took advantage of the ITS as a training ground for their engineers.

The twentieth century was marked by a dazzling development of the industry, accelerated after the second war by the development of computing in which one of the main actors in Italy was Olivetti. Therefore, in order to fill the great demand for qualified engineers, the companies had to ensure a continuous pipeline of qualified engineers.

Olivetti has relied heavily on the Higher Technical Institute as a breeding ground for the engineers of the future.

Not only that there were several ITS graduates among Olivetti's management in the fifties and sixties, but the company also sent all promising employees to Freiburg to study mathematics and engineering and obtain a corresponding certification.

ITS - recognized by the SNIPF

Holders of an ITS diploma can apply for admission to the National Society of Professional Engineers of France (Société Nationale des Ingénieurs Professionnels de France, SNIPF).

This professional community of international reference, governed by the law of July 1, 1901, establishes certifications validated by rigorous procedures and accepted in the French community of Engineers.

It complies with the requirements of the international standard ISO 17024 and is recognized by 196 countries worldwide.

It not only provides recognition of your skills, but also access to a vast potential network of technical exchanges and business relationships in which you can develop your talents and activities.

ITS - holder of Swiss Label

The ITS is proud of its Swiss origins and displays them through the "Swiss Label".

The ITS was founded in 1916 in Fribourg, Switzerland, and has always had a strong foothold in this country, despite the international origins of its students. It is with this in mind that the ITS has been authorized to wear the "SWISS LABEL".

SWISS LABEL, the company for the promotion of Swiss products and services, is an association within the meaning of art. 60 ss of the Swiss Civil Code. SWISS LABEL deals in the broadest sense with the management of brands and labels. The distinguishing feature of SWISS LABEL is the crossbow.

The origins of SWISS LABEL go back to 1917 (creation of the "Swiss Week"). Protected in Switzerland and in major export countries, the crossbow - a real complement and / or alternative to the Swiss cross - represents the "Swiss" brand. It is a symbol of quality, safety, reliability and dependability for both businesses and consumers.

ITS - publisher of many scientific books

In order to fill the gap of high-level scientific literature, the ITS has initiated the publication of hundreds of scientific books.

The ITS has always been at the forefront of progress in the engineering sciences. But especially in the post-war period, publishers could not keep up with technical progress.

For this reason, the ITS teachers quickly began to write books on all topics taught within the institute, in collaboration with the well know editor Hoepli in Milano.

Quickly, these books have forged a solid reputation in the academic world and have been used in many other universities and engineering training institutions. Over the years, more than 300 scientific publications have been created in this way.

ITS - serving the Italian automotive industry

Virtually all Italian car producers have benefited from the training and certificates issued by ITS

The ITS trained many mechanical engineers who subsequently made possible the growth and development of the Italian automotive industry as early as 1920.

Thus, the beautiful creations of FIAT, Alfa-Romeo, Lancia and Isotta Fraschini, to name but a few, all have a part of DNA that goes back to the Institut Technique Supérieur in Fribourg.

The charter of the ITS was established in 1953

In 1953, the ITS establishes a Charter that is still valid, even 50 years later. The wording sounds astonishingly modern:

For greater efficiency in the modern business world, companies need to be able to rely on highly skilled professionals. Qualifying people will, at the same time, improve the quality of life and human relationships in companies. The best way to acquire professional skills is to be faced daily in the workplace, to find solutions to specific problems.

To these people, who have acquired a high professional know-how, the ITS offers the opportunity to fill their knowledge gaps, through self-study studies, adapted to each specific case of the personality and the industrial sector concerned, to train engineers really specialized in the field. Anyone who has acquired a considerable professional level has the right to let his skills be checked and certified by a jury of experts in the field. Our institute has developed a program of studies that can be adapted to the specificity of each specific case of person and / or sector of activity. Convinced of the fundamental importance of practical experience, our Institute admits to training only candidates who can demonstrate a professional practice in the field for a period of at least five years.

Given the intense professional activity of our candidates, not allowing them to pursue studies in a conventional way, our institute undertakes to make every effort to find the best method for them to follow higher studies in the technical field leading them to write a thesis, dissertation or monograph on the subject. Each candidate has the opportunity to develop a program specific to his personality and his schedule, in accordance with his professional activity.

More than 8'250 certificates issued by ITS since 1916

Being active since 1916, the ITS has trained and certified a large number of personalities over the years.

Over the years, the ITS has issued more than 8'250 certificates and diplomas for practically all trades related to industrial creation.

The majority of the students were of Italian and Swiss origin, but there were also a significant number of students from other European countries such as Germany, Sweden, Austria, Norway or the countries of Eastern Europe. The Higher Technical Institute in Fribourg was one of the forerunners in cross-border education in Europe.

Institut Technique Supérieur de Fribourg

Place de la Gare 15

1700 Fribourg

0041 26 555 88 77

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