The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) is an international university located in northern Italy. The campus is in Pollenzo, near Bra, a city in the northwest region of Piedmont. Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement, established the university to focus on gastronomic sciences and the organic relationships between food, ecology, and cultures.
The University of Gastronomic Sciences campus is in Pollenzo, a suburb of Bra, Italy. Bra is in the province of Cuneo, about 50 kilometers (31 mi) south of Turin.
More than 2,500 students have taken courses at UNISG since it opened in 2004. UNISG offers a variety of courses leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas related to gastronomic sciences, food cultures and heritage, food ecologies, and food communications and management. As part of their curriculum, students every year are engaged in a number of field study trips in Italy and also in other European and extra-European countries.
The university’s administration includes a rector, faculty council, board of directors, executive committee, administrative director, board of auditors, evaluation committee, and student representatives, each charged with a set of management duties. The board, which oversees the administrative and financial management of UNISG, nominates the Rector, who directs the university’s academic and scientific activities. The faculty council includes all the full and associate professors, one representative of the researchers (assistant professors), and two student representatives.
The UNISG research area is structured within three macro-areas: 1. Environment; 2. Mobility; 3. Perception and Quality. From 2018 the university is also running a 3-year Ph.D. program, from 2022 together with the University of Turin (Doctoral School in ‘Ecogastronomy, Food Sciences, and Cultures’).
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