“A University which has strong elements of excellence, a University which represents a unifying and reinforcing factor for the community in which it is situated, a University which anticipates a trend which has changed the historical model of a university.” Minister for Universities and Research, Letizia Moratti, Convocation Speech2001
Founded on July 14, 1998, the University of Insubria has the distinction of being one of the first Italian Universities that has experimented with a model of organization featuring an original bi-polar network system involving the two main centers of Como and Varese, as well as other satellite centers under the single logo of the Universitas Studiorum Insubriae.
Insubres were some groups of Celtic origin that settled around the 4th century B.C. in the territory included within the Lombard Western Prealps and the Ticino, Adda and Po rivers. In the following centuries their name survived in the placename Sibrium (Castelseprio), center of the Varese province, which for centuries had an important role in the history of the relations between Milan, Como and Varese. Since Humanism, the words Insubres and Insubria have been used to indicate, from time to time, different (geographical, natural, political, institutional, economical) aspects of this area.
The aspiration to this cultural unity is symbolized by the logo, deriving from a graphic study of the archaeological finds in the Varese and Como territory. Green, like the color of the region’s rich vegetation, two streams flowing into one river, which in the meantime divides and unites the two lake districts, and fertilizes the surrounding land, represent the aspiration of the University of Insubria to culturally nourish its host territories. Apart from the metaphor, the University of Insubria also strives to create around itself a cultural homogeneity of the highest order, picking up the baton to give voice to strong identifying values and transform them into important cultural projects.