Once upon a time

Discover the main institutional events in our history, from our foundation to the present day


The project idea

The project to establish a university educational and scientific center in Prato was set up with a programmatic agreement between the Municipality of Prato and the University of Florence.



The building choice

The building choice falls on the old structure "Tullio Buzzi" Industrial Technical Institute, in Piazza Ciardi, to show the will, from the beginning, to symbolically create a relationship of continuity and development with the cultural evolution of Prato society.


PIN birth and the first President Giuliano De Marchi

In 1992 the first courses were born with the Professional Training of the Inter-communal Association of Prato (the future Province of Prato). Then PIN was born, the company that has the role of coordinating university teaching, integrating it with the Research and high educational activities.



Activation of Engineering diplomas

The university degrees of Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Resource are activated: all belonging to Engineering Faculty with a duration of 3 years.


The second president and the beginning of the research

Claudio Martini, Mayor of Prato in '94, becomes the second president of the PIN history. With him the first research projects are started and implemented in the following areas: Environment, Sound, Remote Sensing, Satellites, Energetics, Wind Engineering.



The first European projects

The PIN continues its growth: the first European projects are conceived and implemented, the first courses of Political Science "Cesare Alfieri" are activated (University Degree in Industrial Relations and 1st edition of the European Master in Labor Sciences), becoming an actuator of a Regional Interest Center for training in the field of environmental monitoring and control (CIR-Environment).


The third president

1996 watches the establishment of the third president of the PIN, Beatrice Magnolfi, councilor for personnel and technological innovation of the Municipality of Prato.



A new member: the University of Florence

In October 1997, the University of Florence becomes part of the social structure of PIN, becoming the partner with the highest share of capital subscribed.


Economics and Quality Engineering

The University Degree Interfaculty Engineering and Economics course is activated.



Change of legal form

PIN is transformed from an association into a limited liability consortium company. The share capital is increased and new members are introduced: Province of Prato, CCIAA of Prato, Consiag S.p.A., Province of Pistoia, Serin srl, S.A.T.A., Co.Pr.A.S. soc. coop. r.l


Faculty of Economics

A course of University Degree in Management and International Marketing of the Faculty of Economics is activated at PIN (duration of 3 years).



The fourth president

In 2001, Maurizio Fioravanti, professor of History of Modern Constitutions at the University of Florence, became the fourth president of PIN, a position he still holds today. In the same year, Cassa di Risparmio di Prato Foundation joined as a member.


1000 members and educational reform

Even in 2001, PIN attends the educational reform that establishes the 3 + 2, which means that the 6 Degrees courses are converted into First Level Degree Courses. Furthermore, the new Degree Course in PROGEAS (Project and Management of Events and Enterprises of Art and Entertainment) and the Master in Coordination of Civil Protection Activities (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery) are activated. Result? For the first time over 1,000 students enrolled in study courses!



Library inauguration

PIN’s library was inaugurated with a catalog of 15,000 volumes, 50 magazines, about 1,000 VHS and DVD audiovisual titles. The library's patrimony has been enriched thanks to donations of 4 special funds (Becattini, Marzili, FUP and NABU) and to the acquisition of audiovisual material and in digital format.


Expansion of the structure

A new wing was inaugurated, in front of Prato Porta al Serraglio’s station. Also in 2003, PIN obtained the certification of the quality management system UNI ISO 9001 for services for teaching and research, subsequently updated over the years. In the same year PIN was also accredited as a training and guidance agency by the Tuscany Region.



Activation and transfer of new courses

At PIN, Degree Programs in Nursing and Medical Radiology Techniques for images and radio therapy are shifted (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery). In addition, the Specialization Degree in Analysis and Policies of Local and Regional Development (Faculty of Political Sciences) and the 1st edition of the Master's Degree in Advanced Mechanical Planning (ProMea) of the Faculty of Engineering are activated.


High Education was born

In 2005, a new sector of activity was activated: Higher Education. The organized courses are designed to meet the professional needs of administrations, businesses and associations, but also people's needs, in order to face the world of work with greater skills. In the same year, a new Specialized Degree Course in Production, Music, Art and Textile Production is activated.



Enrollment Register MIUR

PIN is registered in the National Register of Research at the Ministry of Education of the University and Research, in the Register of Research Laboratories of the Ministry of Education and enjoys the status of Research Organization according to the provisions of the Communication of the European Commission n. 2006 / C 323/01. In 2007 the first edition of CEDIC is activated, the Higher Education Course in Economics and Law in the processes of Internationalization towards China.


A private company as a partner

In March 2010, the district of Pistoia sold its entire holding to the company Sirio Sistemi Elettronici S.p.A., becoming the first private company to join the company.



Prato Campus Week

PIN organizes the first edition of Prato Campus Week, the great University party in Prato, where Italian, American and Australian students meet, play and have fun.


Activation of A.S.C.I.

In December 2013 the A.S.C.I. project was activated, a course for agents for the development of cultures and businesses, aimed to enhance local resources and promote local development, with particular reference to the culture of legality within companies and public administrations.



Digital Marketing

In November 2014, the first edition of Master in Digital Marketing was activated, an important signal that shows how PIN pays always attention to the continuous change in the needs of companies.


Master in Pharmaceutical Marketing

In February 2018, the first edition of Master in Pharmaceutical Marketing was activated, a response to the training needs of companies in the pharmaceutical sector.



We are always focusing on innovation, higher education and services to businesses!


"Prato University Campus of the University of Florence was founded in 1992 to create networks, to weave new relationships and to create new opportunities. Today the Campus is an ever-expanding reality, which demonstrates how it is possible to open the academic world to a fertile relationship with the economy and with the cultural heritage of the local society."

Prof. Maurizio Fioravanti - PIN President

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