Bocconi University was founded in 1902 and was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. It is considered the best Italian University in the fields of Economics and Business.

Bocconi University is among the most prestigious and well-known Italian universities and it boasts an excellent international network and has profitable and durable relationships with the best universities of the world in its competence field (Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, London Business School, Berkeley University, University of British Columbia, École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, etc.).

The most prestigious school of Bocconi University is the School of Management (SDA Bocconi), which was first a pioneer in Italy and today enjoys international recognition as a leading management school. SDA Bocconi operates on all the strategic fronts of education: executive courses, tailor-made courses, specialist master degrees and MBA programmes.

In the “2010 Financial Times Ranking for Business Schools”, SDA Bocconi was placed 38th worldwide and 17th among the European Business Schools. The position in the European Financial Times rankings was possible due to outstanding placements SDA Bocconi obtained in the specialised rankings: MBA Programs (14th), Master in Management (31st in its debut year) and Executive Education (11th in custom programs and 12th in open enrolment programs).

Moreover, Bocconi University has a wide and effective range of links with companies, international institutions and global organisations worldwide (UN Agencies, European Commission DGs, ENI, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, General Electric, KPMG, etc.).

Among Bocconi’s international programmes the most relevant are: Erasmus, Extra-European Exchanges, Campus Abroad, Double Degrees Programmes, and International Internships (International Organization, companies and Italian Chamber of Commerce and Foreign Consulates).
In terms of numbers, every year about 2850 Bocconi students apply for an abroad experience (2000 for study abroad opportunities and 850 for work abroad opportunities). Moreover, around 1200 foreign students decide to spend a semester at Bocconi University yearly

The opportunity at the Government of South Australia is the only one available in Australia in this class.  The inclusion of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in this high-profile category emphasises its remarkable global reputation.

Bocconi’s interns at the DPC are usually second-year Master of Science students. Most of them study economics and are also specialised in quantitative subjects (econometrics, statistics, advanced mathematics).