Italy is internationally recognized for its food quality and design in the fashion, transportation and luxury industries. How do these industries innovate for sustainability while maintaining traditional values? These subjects are the focus on this academic immersion program in Milan, Piacenza and other contexts in the north of Italy in partnership with the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore (UCSC), the largest Catholic university in the world and the. University of San Francisco’s School of Management. We offer this opportunity to learn directly from industry experts and industry visits. Graduate students from different programs interested in sustainability, leadership, marketing, finance, and social economy are encouraged to apply. 

The course associated with this program is NPA 699: Comparative Sustainability Innovation (2 credits) taught by Dr. Marco Tavanti, a USF Professor expert in sustainability reporting and Dr. Emanuele Vedramini, a UCSC professor an expert in international management. All AGI courses are applicable electives for any graduate program at USF. Selected students will visit industries and industry leaders from Barilla, Max Mara, Salvadore Ferragamo, Brunello Cucinelli, Mediobanca, Absolut Yacht, and Dallara car racing design and manufacturer. The selected industry visits have been carefully selected for their experiential learning value. Students arrange flight to Milan (MXP) and reach Grande Albergo Roma in Piacenza. Company visits and panels are coordinated and accompanied by UCSC professors who will help to critically reflect on the experiential learning. The program provides, double occupancy hotel accommodations, site visits transportation, breakfasts, lunches and some dinners. Student teams will work on comparative analyses during small group dinners. Students are required to attend two mandatory preparatory sessions and actively engage in the Canvas Course site for the required readings, discussions and assignments.

Program Cost: $1,950 includes company entrance fees, visits’ transportation, program coordination, 6 nights double occupancy 4-star hotel with breakfast, welcome and farewell aperitivos, meals (3 dinners and 5 lunches) and a cooking course at Eataly. You should budget also the tuition costs, the Airfares SFO-MXP (from $750 to $1,500), and 3 dinners on your own. Space is limited with maximum number of participants: 20

Pre-registrations: Send an email to Dr. Tavanti at and explain your interest to participate in this program and how it aligns with your studies and career.

Brochure: Download Brochure here Brochure AGI-MILAN-PIACENZA Summer 2020

Info-Sessions: Download Info Sessions here Info-Sessions AGI-MILAN-PIACENZA Summer 2020

Syllabus: Download Syllabus here Syllabus AGI-MILAN-PIACENZA Summer 2020

Pre-registrations: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR THE PRE-REGISTRATIONS TO FEBRUARY 15, 2020. The applications will be reviewed we they arrive. Please, register as soon as possible through this form:

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About Marco Tavanti

Dr. Marco Tavanti is an international development scholar whose experience stretches over 25 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind. Professor Tavanti is the Nonprofit Administration Program Director.
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