Education

Interdisciplinarity, internationalization and innovation are the pillars that hold Andrea Prencipe’s academic leadership. Interdisciplinarity is the key to an understanding complexity; internationalization is a pathway to cultural diversity training; innovation is a mindset, a “forma mentis” to interpret and master the gaps that current and future challenges bring along, which may involve unlearning to re-learn.

Interdisciplinarity

The obstacle to understanding challenges and crises – and, therefore, to creating solutions – lays not only in our ignorance yet also, most importantly, in our knowledge or, even better, in the way the latter is built, organized and conveyed. While domain specialization has allowed to deepen scientific and technological knowledges, it is indeed unable to catch multidimensional and complex issues. Current challenges and crises require that we look at the world with new eyes: education by domain specialization cannot but have a fragmented vision of the world; on the other hand, interdisciplinary thought, transcending domains while in the same time not overlooking them, connects disjointed notions and compartmentalized thoughts. That is why in the research and teaching projects Andrea Prencipe has initiated, core disciplines interact with other ones, perhaps different and distant yet not less significant, basing on an interdisciplinary approach. That allows to educate “specialized-generalists”, that is professionals highly proficient in one domain yet able to understand and get involved with experts from other domains nurturing their contribution.

Internazionalization

Under Andrea Prencipe’s leadership, internationalization at Luiss has become a strategic priority typifying the educational model. Luiss is continuing to rise in international rankings, and has become an international academic space, attracting renowned, as well as young and ambitious international scholars. Luiss’ educational offer, which is delivered also in cooperation with prominent academic partners, is characterised by an international “DNA”. The number of Double Degree Programs at Luiss has over-doubled, and several joint degree programs have been initiated. That allowed to recruit students from over 100 Countries.

Innovation

Since its foundation, Luiss University has always distinguished for its educational model grounded in a virtuous combination of research-led teaching, delivered by academics, and experience-based teaching, delivered by corporate executives, managers, entrepreneurs, professionals and policy-makers. With harmonization of academic rigour and practical relevance, such educational model was intended to create practicable knowledges, that could create an impact on society. Rapid obsolescence of knowledges and the continuous gaps that current challenges bring along demand for a new mindset; they force to change educational model. Under Andrea Prencipe’s leadership, Luiss has evolved from a research-led to a research-based educational model: namely, it has been called an “enquiry-based model” to highlight the importance of developing and improve a mindset trained to investigation, enquiry and trial. Beyond existing knowledges, students acquire scientific method: they learn to examine reality, to ask questions and to co-create new knowledges. They learn to learn, they unlearn to learn again. Students are the core of this educational model, as they play a leading role throughout their educational path: they are directly involved in creating solutions (problem solving) within projects where they are called to interact with players from the entrepreneurial, financial and institutional fields.