IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca
Official IMT School Logo.jpg
DirectorPietro Pietrini
Academic staff
Lucca, Italy
Working languagesEnglish and Italian
IMT Lucca San Francesco Campus with a view over the San Francesco Church
IMT Lucca San Francesco Campus Courtyard
IMT Lucca San Francesco Dormitories
IMT Lucca Library View
IMT Lucca San Francesco Passageway

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italian: Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca) (abbreviated to IMT Lucca, or simply IMT) is a public research institution and a selective graduate school located in Lucca, Italy and part of the Italian superior graduate school system (grandes écoles).[1] IMT Lucca was founded in 2005 under the name IMT Institute for Advanced Studies. The acronym IMT stands for "Institutions, Markets, Technologies." Its main campus is located in the San Francesco Complex within the historic city walls of Lucca.

As an institute for advanced studies, IMT hosts researchers who carry out methodological research, held to high scientific standards, leading to the development of new knowledge. IMT's specially designed campus fosters the continual presence of visiting scholars that contribute to creating a stimulating and intellectually lively environment. At the same time, IMT is also an institute of technology where numerous research projects are undertaken to apply cutting-edge scientific results to solve problems of economic, industrial, and societal interest. IMT's institutional role is also that of a graduate school where knowledge is transmitted to PhD students.

Although the school is relatively young, it has already attracted significant attention from national and international media.[2] Its international advisory board includes a number of prominent scientists, including H. Eugene Stanley, Sanjoy K. Mitter and Gerard Roland.The school consistently performs well in international and Italian research rankings. For several years, it's been ranked as a top school in economics and statistics in Italy and one of the top research institutions in Europe and the world, established post-1980.


The desire of the city of Lucca to have its own university dates back to 1369, when Emperor Charles IV gave an official dispensation to the Republic of Lucca to establish a "Studium Generale" in the city. In 1387 this concession was countersigned and confirmed by Pope Urban VI, yet despite these attempts, the university never succeeded and eventually failed. A second attempt to establish a University of Lucca was made in 1785 and was slightly more successful offering courses in Law, Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering and Philosophy. This university was reformed during the Duchy of Maria Luisa of Spain, where it became the "Real Liceo" however the history of the Real Liceo was interrupted on 1847, following the inclusion of the Duchy of Lucca in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1847, disappearing definitively in 1867. IMT thus represents the third attempt to found a university in Lucca and was established by ministerial decree in November 2005 as an Institute for Advanced Studies. [3]


The multidisciplinary PhD program of IMT, integrates scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage. It offers a unique and characteristic patrimony of competences within the broad framework of the analysis and management of a plurality of systems. Originally envisaged as three-year programmes, since 2019 the programmes is articulated in curricula of four years. The 8 curricula currently offered are field-specific, although in many instances they share a common scientific background. Candidates can apply for one (or more) of the following curricula:

IMT concentrates its activities within a limited number of key areas. Moreover, the Institute recruits its faculty on a competitive international scale, evaluating, among other elements, their capacity to publish work in top level international peer-reviewed and high-impact journals.

The pillars of the institute's research model are its thematic research units, highly specialized in a specific field, that often cooperate in interdisciplinary projects:

AXES - Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems

DYSCO - Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization

ICES - Institutional Change, Economics, Society

LIME - Laboratory of Innovation Management and Economics

LYNX - Center for the interdisciplinary Analysis of Images

MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials

NETWORKS - Complex Networks

MOMILAB - Neuroscience

PRIAn - Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis

SysMA - System Modelling and Analysis


In 2013, the school's division of economics (including the areas of political economy and statistics) came out first in the ranking of Italian economics departments.[4]

In 2015, IMT Lucca was ranked as one of the top young research institutions in Europe by the EU's ranking U-Multirank.[5]

In 2016, IMT Lucca once again confirmed its standing in the EU rankings, placing first among all the research universities in Italy, and third in Europe among research institutions established post-1980.[6]

In 2016, the institute topped ANVUR Italian university rankings in the area of economics and statistics.

In 2017 edition of U-Multirank, the official ranking of the European Commission, IMT Lucca was ranked 8th among the world research institutions established post-1980 (251 institutions ranked).[7]


In 2016, the school received a record of 3747 applications for 34 places, a significant increase compared to 1880 applications in 2015. The high number of applications is due to the growing prestige of the school and the simplicity of its application procedure.

In 2017/2018, the school received 2286 applications for 36 PhD positions, bringing it's admissions rate up to 1.5%.[8]

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  1. ^ "IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola di Dottorato IMT Alti Studi di Lucca". 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ "IMT Lucca Press Review". 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
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Coordinates: 43°43′11″N 10°24′01″E / 43.7196°N 10.4002°E / 43.7196; 10.4002