The Master in Technology and Public Policy adopts a versatile perspective and offers an interdisciplinary approach in exploring the key drivers of technological change, its consequences for the economy and society and its links with public policy production. The Master aims to provide the expertise and competences needed to understand technological innovation and the challenges it poses, and to train agents who can steer and govern this innovation through public policy.
Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, active visits to research centres, group works and policy laboratories.
Exchange ideas and knowledge with international students and a global faculty.
Engage with experts from the ILO and the ITCILO, officials from other international organizations, the expertise of the leading technical university Politecnico di Torino, global practitioners and academia
Global trends show that technological innovation, digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence revolution are shaping unprecedented and challenging future scenarios. Public policy and decision-making processes need to adapt their strategies to give prompt and effective responses to forthcoming challenges and shape a sustainable future from an economic, social and environmental perspective. In order to deal with the challenges technological change poses in our horizon, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), under the auspices of the Turin School of Development (TSD) and in partnership with the Politecnico di Torino, is offering this Master in Technology and Public Policy. With a global faculty, participants will be able to understand the features of technological innovation in various fields, from digitalization, green energy and circular economy to space economy, e-health and the silver economy; thoroughly examine the links between technological innovation processes and public policy production; analyse the social, economic, legal and cultural determinants of technology and its impacts on both economy and society; assess public policy interventions in response to issues arising from the use of new technologies; design public policy responses to targeted questions in different technological and institutional contexts and explore how new forms of innovation can contribute to social, economic and ecological sustainability. Participants will acquire a combination of science, technical and policy analysis tools, techniques and skills to recognize and anticipate change while responding to complex situations in their respective relevant fields. Throughout the course, participants will be supported in the design and development of a specific project aimed at addressing challenges posed by the continuous process of technological innovation through public policy that will represent their final thesis.
The Master is intended for participants with the following profiles: officials working in public administration and international organizations in the fields of economic, technological, industrial and social policy; experts in public affairs departments of technology companies; practitioners in the field of industrial and employment relations from both private and public sector; officials from trade unions and employers' organizations; policy analysts at national or international think tanks, financial institutions, research departments of banks, insurance companies and foundations; young graduates who intend to pursue a career in public administration, international organizations, NGOs, strategy and policy consultancy firms and leading technology companies. The essential requirements for admission are a university bachelor degree (minimum three years), fluency in English and ability to use computers and have access to the internet.
Participants will acquire tools and expertise to
This one-year Master programme is intensive by design. It combines a distance-learning module, a face-to-face component and the preparation of the final thesis.
The Master is delivered as a First-level Master’s Degree by the Politecnico di Torino.
23 January 2023 to 5 March 2023
Participants will learn and practice on their own time having access to an e-platform.
This preparatory phase introduces participants to the basic concepts of
6 March to 16 July 2023
Blended Learning: at a Distance (in synchronous mode live via Zoom from 6 March to 23 April 2023) and in Presence at the ITCILO Campus in Turin (from 1 May to 16 July 2023).
Topics covered will include:
Active visits to technology labs and research centres of Politecnico di Torino (ESA BIC space economy centre, CIM 4.0 Competence Center, Healthcare Technology Innovation Park, Hub AI@Polito)
17 July to 31 December 2023
Through home-based research, participants complete an original written project related to a specific challenge as final thesis. The project should be based on a specific economic, social and ecological challenge and testable at the country or community level. Tutors and professors will provide guidance.
The unique learning path offered by this Master merges theoretical and practical learning methodologies and ensures an extraordinary transfer of knowledge and competences with a multidisciplinary and applied approach.
Tuition fees: 9,000 Euros payable by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization.
Application Deadline: 9 December 2023
A limited number of partial scholarships is available, on a competitive basis, for students from developing countries. Participants who wish to apply for a partial scholarship, are required to specify it on the application form.
The selection criteria for the award of partial scholarships will include academic and professional qualifications, organization, country of origin and gender balance.
The ITCILO’s payment, cancellation and refund policy can be consulted on the following website: www.itcilo.org/turin-school-of-development/admission