In March 1999, Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Turin decided to found the Consorzio Collegio Carlo Alberto with the purpose of creating a centre for high studies and research in economics, finance, and economic-legal field.
This Consortium was set up at the Real Collegio of Moncalieri, with the additional aim of preserving the building. The ancient Real Collegio was established when King Carlo Alberto decided to entrust to the Barnabite Fathers (Clerics Regular of Saint Paul) a College for the secondary education of his Reign’s ruling classes between 1836 and 1838, but had ceased all teaching activity at the end of the academic year 1997/1998.
Between 1999 and 2004 it developed through the variously motivated involvement of a group of organisations and research centres mainly concerning economic studies, but open to other social sciences. Among the organisations that operate at the Collegio are CORIPE Piemonte, CeRP, LABOR, Consiglio Italiano per le Scienze Sociali (CSS – Italian Council for Social Sciences); Centro Studi sul Federalismo (Centre for Studies on Federalism), HERMES, URGE.
From the Consortium to the Foundation: the first phases
As of 2005 the Foundation replaced the Consortium.
In 2006 the Collegio set itself the goal of combining the activities carried out by the public university with those of an excellent private College. The structure hosted the Carlo Alberto Fellows, scholars that research economic subjects at international level, and the research units in the respective specialisation fields.
During 2006, the internal organisation of the activities was simplified. Within the Collegio, the following research units were established:
Training was entrusted to these organisations:
The following external centres have established premises at the Collegio: Hermes, dedicated to the economics of local transportation and utilities, and Centro Studi sul Federalismo; Ceris/CNR and Consiglio italiano per le scienze sociali (CSS).
In the ensuing years, the Collegio opened to the international academic world through a lively activity made up of seminars and conferences that host speakers from the best international universities, and through the Visiting Fellows programme that welcomes scholars from Italian or foreign universities for periods of time that vary from three months to one year. In 2007 the Collegio welcomed the first group of three assistant professors and two post-doctorate researchers affiliated with the centres and recruited on the international job market.
With regard to popularisation activities, a cycle of events called Collegio Aperto was created, an initiative that addresses a wider public to include all age and cultural ranges.
In 2007, the Collegio kicked off with new initiatives such as Carlo Alberto Medal, a prize awarded to the best under-40 Italian economist, whether living in Italy or abroad.
Still in 2007, the programme Allievi was started for the most deserving students in the Departments of Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Turin. The chosen model follows that of the best national and foreign universities (with particular reference to the university Normale of Pisa, to the experiences of Oxford and Cambridge, and to the American universities). Another initiative, established in 2007 and still active, is Progetto Qualità, whose purpose is to increase the Collegio’s international visibility and establishes a system of incentives for research and fund-raising.
The Collegio between 2008 and 2011: consolidation and activity for research projects
In 2008, the Collegio started a process to reposition its research activities. These new projects regard four areas, identified as priority areas by the Collegio’s Board of Directors: demography, work, and social policies; sustainability and development; European governance and public policies; industrial organisation and innovation.
The Collegio’s permanent scientific community is now made up of a series of profiles (Chair, Carlo Alberto Fellow, Carlo Alberto Affiliate, Assistant Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Senior Honorary Fellow, Honorary Fellow, Research Associate) with specific characteristics. Persons who have these profiles can cover the position of Principal Investigator in new projects applying for calls within the Collegio.
The training activities managed in collaboration with the University of Turin are divided into Programma Allievi, two PhD programs, and a Master in Finance; the latter was established in order to prepare students for high-level careers in investment banking, securities trading, and commercial banking.
Besides hosting the Master in Health Economics and Policy, managed by CORIPE Piemonte, the Collegio autonomously organises a Master in Economics, fully integrated with the Programma Allievi. Since 2010, Programma Allievi has also been extended to the students of Politecnico di Torino.
Since 2011, the new Master in Public Policy and Social Change (MAPS) was created, to begin with the A.Y. 2012/2013. MAPS intends to supply the necessary training to start an academic career or to cover positions of responsibility in EU institutions and international organisations.
During the A.Y. 2011-2012, the Collegio’s offer was extended to include the new Master in Insurance and Risk Management, whose purpose is to prepare highly-qualified professionals in the field of insurance/actuarial sciences and, in particular, in the measurement and management of insurance risks.
The Collegio’s activities in 2011 – 2014. Opening up to political and social sciences
The purposes identified by the Founders, in line with the directions of the “Multi-year Objective Function”:
Diversifying the disciplines;
In 2013 the Collegio’s course of studies added the new Master in Economics and Complexity. With reference to the administrative activity, it is worth mentioning that the consortium company Compagnia di San Paolo Sistema Torino, established with the intention of centralising the managerial activities carried out by each instrumental body of Compagnia di San Paolo, has become fully operational since March 2013. The creation of the Consortium has witnessed the gradual transition of various staff members to the new structure.
The Collegio’s activities during the three-year period 2015-2017. Opening to legal sciences.
The “Industrial Plan” of Collegio Carlo Alberto, launched at the beginning of 2015, set the guidelines for the three-year period 2015-2017. The document translated the directions (that Compagnia in agreement with the University asked the Collegio to adopt) given by the Multi-year Objective Function into strategic and operational forecasts,
During this three-year period, the legal hub was integrated with the Collegio’s scientific and operational structures, and its activities were started in September 2016. Thus a new series of seminars was activated: the Carlo Alberto Law Seminars.
During this period the following established their premises at the Collegio:
In October 2017 new premises were opened in Piazza Arbarello 8, thanks to which Collegio Carlo Alberto aims at becoming a reference point in the economic and cultural debate of the city, too.
At the beginning of the Academic Year 2017/2018, there were 3 Chairs, 1 Junior Chair, 9 Assistant Professors, 4 Post-Docs, 17 Fellows, 20 Affiliates, and 4 Honorary Fellowspresent at the Collegio. 10 Non-resident Scholars participate in life at the Collegio.
The structure personnel consists of 17 staff employees.