Founded under federal law, SUPSI is an autonomous organisation which was established by Canton Ticino 11th March 1997, and which has integrated preexisting specialised schools along with public and private research institutes. The origins of the oldest of these date back to architecture courses started in 1852 under the initiative of Carlo Cattaneo.
SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation.
SUPSI provides cutting edge, practice-oriented education. It promotes general improvement in basic teaching quality and creates personalised, constantly evolving study programmes for the industrial sector and the service industry.
With 30 million francs in financing and with more than 100 full time researchers and scientific collaborators, research at SUPSI is proportionally more significant than at other SWISS University of Applied Sciences (UAS) institutions.
The main feature of this research is the application profile, aimed chiefly at meeting the needs of companies and institutions, with a number of internationally recognised areas producing work of a high scientific level. SUPSI participation in European research projects is particularly noteworthy.
The library, open to all, offers its document resources and a range of services to SUPSI students and collaborators, and also to external parties.
Its seven centres are furnished with a rich supply of books, a vast periodical section, multimedia tools and numerous spaces for individual study.
The Management IT service provides digital services and solutions to support the institutional strategy. It supports students, researchers, technical-administrative and academic staff and the wider SUPSI community with user-oriented services.
SUPSInido is a service promoted by the University Directorship in order to allow a better reconciliation between family, professional and/or study commitments of SUPSI employees, collaborators, SUPSI students and external families.
The SUPSI Campus in Mendrisio-Stazione and the East Campus in Lugano-Viganello, home to the Department of Environment, Construction and Design and the Department of Innovative Technologies, respectively.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) offers its students various opportunities for extracurricular activities.
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