Almost unanimously and definitively green light from the Chamber of Deputies to the law on technical institutes, which establishes the tertiary system of higher technological education. The votes in favor were 387, with no abstentions and 6 abstentions. “Great satisfaction,” Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi said before the vote. “Let’s start a new phase together to give the country a better education,” he said.
The text reorganizes the system of higher technical institutes (ITS), also to achieve the goals of PNRR, which provides an investment for the development of ITS, with an allocation of 1,500 million euros from 2022 to 2026 to increase the number of students enrolled in ITS paths and to improve their structures. For this they become “ITS Academy”.
The main innovations are the introduction of an initial and periodic ITS accreditation system as a condition for access to public funding, revision of the technological areas in which ITS operates, redefinition of institutional governance, definition of teacher requirements, strengthening the applicability of qualifications, a structured and capillary path of orientation and the establishment of a body responsible for the national coordination of actions for the development of the higher technical education system, all with the understanding of the regions.
One of ITS Academy’s tasks is to strengthen and expand the professional education of highly trained senior technicians. Each ITS academy must be characterized by the reference to a specific technological area. As for the structure of the ITS academies’ training courses, it will be formulated on two levels. There are also provisions to facilitate the link between ITS academies and universities.
The system is funded by a fund for education and ad hoc higher technical education, which will have a grant of DKK 48 million. annually from 2022. The fund will primarily serve to fund the construction of the ITS academies and the efforts to equip them with new locations of laboratories and infrastructures, including those for distance learning. The aim is to significantly increase the educational offer of ITS courses throughout the national territory.
Bianchi, one of the most important reforms of the NRP – With the approval at third reading in the Chamber of Deputies, the organic reform of the higher technical institutes (ITS) becomes law. It is one of the qualifying points of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) for education, a strategic effort to make the professionalisation of higher education more attractive to young people and to enrich the offer also in response to the needs of the structure. and new perspectives on the world of work and the economy. Indeed, the ITS system, eleven years after its launch, represents an effective sector in terms of the quality of education provision and employability: according to data from the National Surveillance 2022 out of 5,280 candidates, 80% (4,218) found employment in 2021 despite of the restrictions and difficulties caused by the pandemic. “The process of one of the most important reforms of our PNRR ends today – declares the Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi – the law defines a structured and national framework that strengthens the network of our ITS and guarantees a direct relationship with territories and their territories. tissues that represent their strengths. The reform as a whole makes it possible to expand the education offer to female students, with the aim of doubling the number of students. The reform is a step forward for the system educations and for our business development reform.”