Higher Education, Ema Milano – Milan is home to eleven universities and seven arts academies, with more than 200,000 students. The presence of university hubs with medical and scientific disciplines (four universities specialising in medicine, 56 faculties of medicine and related subjects, such as biotechnology, 17 hospital-based science centres and 32 research centres) has made Lombardy one of the largest international hubs for biomedical and biotechnological research. University polyclinics register over 56 million patients and 9,200 students a year.
Milan and its surroundings also have a number of prestigious public and private institutes, including the Città della Salute, the Mario Negri Institute, Humanitas, the Nerviano medical sciences research facilities, the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), the IFOM-Institute of Molecular Oncology, the San Raffaele Institute, the Milan Polyclinic, the Molecular Genetics Institute, the San Matteo Polyclinic in Pavia and Niguarda Hospital.
The Italian Ministry of Health allocates €80m a year in the Milan area, to a network of 18 hospitals and over 6,000 researchers carrying out clinical research in oncology, neurology, cardiology and paediatrics. The Ministry of Health has allocated a further €165m over the last 5 years to the same network for more than 400 targeted research projects.