As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, there is no such thing as the single best university for working F1. Every team and every manager has a different opinion. What if one of those teams actually published a list of ideal universities however…?
As I have said so many times previously, research is key and so if any of you have ever looked in any detail at the official website for the Scuderia Ferrari you will see that they give the opportunity to upload your CV for general consideration.
As part of that process you need to fill out your education history, starting with any degree qualifications you have and which institution they were awarded by. Here is the key part. The university selection box is a drop down menu which lists several different universities across the world (not just in Europe) which clearly the team recognises as prestigious. You have the chance to select “Other” and type the name of your own institution if it is not listed but in effect, the team is telling you which universities it readily recognises as being worthy of its recruitment.
Those universities are :
Alma Graduate School
Columbia Uni New York
Centro Universitario di Organizzazione Aziendale
Delf University of Technology
Ecole Normale Superieure
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Hamburg Technical University
Hochschule Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
Istituto Europeo di Design
Institut Francais du Petrole
Imperial College London
London School of Economics & Politics
Michigan State University
MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Munich Technical University
Ohio State University
Politecnico di Milano
Politecnico di Torino
Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule
Scuola Superiore S. Anna di Pisa
Technical University of Munich
Universita di Bologna
Universita di Firenze
Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Universita di Napoli Federico II
Universita di Pisa
University of Barcelona
University of California
University of Cambridge
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
University of Oxford
Quite a list as you can see!!
Clearly many are in Italy and some very local to Ferrari but this this is the clearest indication I have ever come across of what an F1 team considers to be good universities for working in F1.
I am sure you can work at Ferrari without a degree from one of these universities but it’s definitely a good starting point and not to be ignored!
There is more to it
Given the apparent importance if this choice in a young engineer’s life and career, choosing a university is something I wanted to talk about at more length and in multiple posts. In the meantime however you can also consider some of my discussion on degree subject here which may help you narrow down your search of institution.
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