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The Seal of the Politecnico di Bari Print Email

In the background, the seal of the Politecnico di Bari shows the octagonal plan of Castel del Monte, an extraordinary 13th-century castle set in the Apulia region. In esoteric language, the number eight is the symbol of infinity and universal authority. The monument represents the meeting point of various cultures (Byzantine, Arab, Roman, Norman) which Emperor Frederick II wanted to gather around him in a vision free from any prejudice. The Politecnico, an academy for the creation and transmission of knowledge, is inspired by this highly integrated and interdisciplinary cultural vision.

In the seal, the plan of the castle is surrounded by an eight-pointed star which represents the compass rose and embodies, together with the motto, the Politecnico mission of exploration and research.

At the centre of the seal a twin-bodied lion stands out, denoting a column capital of the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. Symbol of light, resurrection and victory, the lion draws together a dual reference to two elements that are contrasting only in appearance, since both are sources of life: the sun and the earth. This image epitomizes the synergetic relationship between science and society, from which the first both rises and falls.

The lion is also a symbolic reference to the two main schools of Engineering and Architecture: two joint bodies sharing the same cultural project.

An awareness of standing at a crossroads between a past littered with history and tradition and a future still to explore and build is well summarized in the line from Dante chosen as the motto of the Politecnico di Bari.

In the Commedia, which is full of mythical figures, the character of Ulysses is the most appropriate symbol for the values of research and intellectual curiosity carried forward by the Politecnico.

Ulysses’ famous encouragement to his men:

Consider ye the seed from which ye sprang; ye were not made to live like unto brutes, but for pursuit of virtue and of knowledge

makes him a figure that reflects moral rigidity and scientific curiosity.

Those immortal lines might have been considered a summary of the mission of the Politecnico di Bari. However, the evocative power of the lines that follow, where Ulysses, having convinced his men to carry on, states:

and having turned our stern unto the morning, we of the oars made wings for our mad flight

is an even more effective emblem of the spirit of adventure that is part of all scientific research, which must reconcile the careful knowledge of the navigator with the unconquerable curiosity of the explorer.





De' remi facemmo ali
Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia
Canto XXVI, verso 125

Da G. Petrocchi
"Dante Alighieri, la Commedia secondo l'antica vulgata"
Vol. II - Milano Mondadori 1966.

 Font: Times New Roman


Leone bicorporato
da un capitello della Cripta di S. Nicola XI secolo
Pianta di Castel del Monte
XIII secolo

The seal of the Polytechnic of Bari was technically and graphically designed by Studio De Liso

History Print Email


The Politecnico di Bari is an Italian public university founded in 1990, when the well-established Faculty of Engineering and the newly-founded Faculty of Architecture, which at that time were both part of the University of Bari, were brought together. Later the Second Faculty of Engineering was created in Taranto. The Faculty of Engineering, which dates back to 1943, at that time only offered a Civil Engineering Degree Course. Over the course of time, degree courses in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Management Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Building Engineering–Architecture, together with an Industrial Design Degree Course, were added.

The Politecnico di Bari now offers a wide range of study opportunities, consisting in eight First Level Degree courses, eleven Second Level Degree courses and two Five-Year Second Level Degree courses, along with many Postgraduate courses and Ph.D.’s.

Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled, in different locations in Bari, Foggia and Taranto.

Current Rector is Professor Eugenio Di Sciascio.

Most of the structures are at the university Campus "Quagliariello", located in via Orabona, whereas some other departments are in neighboring areas. In particular some structures, mostly parking lots and offices, are located at Scianatico (via Amendola) and important technological laboratories are located at Japigia. The latter is also the seat of DMMM (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Management).

The Politecnico di Bari is an international centre of excellence which pursues "the cultural, scientific and technological progress through the organization of research in scientific, technological, humanistic and economic-social fields and of higher education mainly in architecture and engineering, as well as the processing and the transfer of the most advanced scientific and technological knowledge, for the development of the society and the territory" (art. 1 - Statute of the Politecnico di Bari) .

According to the ranking of the SIR World Report 2013, which evaluates more than 4,000 research institutions in the world, on the basis of Elsevier Scopus database (publications 2007-2011) the Politecnico di Bari ranks, for the third year in a row, at the first place among Italian universities according to the Normalized Impact, which indicates the citation rate an institution receives compared to the world average for each area of research, and, for the second year in a row, at the first place according to the Excellence Rate, which indicates the proportion of an institution's scientific output in the set formed by  10% of the highly cited papers in their respective fields.

As stated in the Report, the Normalized Impact of the Politecnico is 2.03 in 2013, showing an increase if compared to the values of the previous years (2010: 1.30, 2011: 1.55, 2012: 1.70). Of particular significance is the gap separating the Politecnico not only from important universities in the North of Italy, such as the Politecnico di Milano (1.42) and Torino (1.36), or the Bocconi University (1.58), but also from important research institutions, such as CNR (1.28), Pisa (1.82) and the Italian Institute of Technology (1.85).

Along with a documented scientific excellence, one of the main features of the Politecnico is the recognized teaching effectiveness, as certified by Istat, as 89% of the graduates find a job within three years from graduation.

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