To attract students from India, a leading Italian university Politecnico di Milano, established in 1863, has decided to choose English as a medium of teaching.
Amidst increasing global competition in the higher education sector, top officials of the Politecnico di Milano, believe that if it retains Italian as its language of instruction, it risked isolation and will not be able to compete as an international institution.
As the university’s move reinforcing English as an international language sent ripples across other Italian universities, the higher education minister, Francesco Profumo, told that he hoped other leading institutions in the country would follow suit.
English has been the medium of instruction in most Indian universities since independence in 1947. Thousands of Indian students enroll in courses in universities in the US, UK and elsewhere every year, reflecting increasingly globalized nature of higher education.