The Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E.) programme was started in 1988 by some of the most important European Schools of Engineering and it became an Association in 1997. Politecnico di Milano is a founding member of the T.I.M.E. Association, which nowadays counts 54 members among the leading European Technical Institutions. Politecnico di Milano was the President of the Association from 2000 to 2005 and from 2013 to 2015.
The purpose of T.I.M.E. is to train future managers by offering them a scientific, technical and cultural experience of high level in two European countries and the opportunity to live a first-hand company experience in a country other than the country of origin.
The Association promotes bilateral agreements between its member Institutions in order to set up double degree programmes. At present, Politecnico di Milano offers students the opportunity of obtaining a double degree in cooperation with 33 partner Institutions.
Both the degree of Politecnico di Milano and the one of the partner Institution have a legal value in the country where they are obtained.
Within the T.I.M.E. Programme, Engineering students coming from one of the partner institutions, with which the bilateral agreement has been stipulated, are usually allowed to substitute one year at their home institution with two years at Politecnico di Milano.
All incoming students, who will come within the frame of the T.I.M.E. programme, will be enrolled in Engineering study courses at the level of "Laurea Magistrale" (equivalent to Master of Science) at Politecnico di Milano.
Students are usually required to spend two years at Politecnico di Milano and to face a workload of 120 ECTS.
In order to be awarded the degree of Politecnico di Milano and the one by the home Institution, students have to fulfil all the requirements established in the bilateral agreements and explicitly made known to the students by the relevant study course regulations: the departmental coordinator of each Engineering study course has the role of tutor and he/she advices and helps T.I.M.E. students during their academic activities at Politecnico di Milano.
Students will also have to develop a final project under the supervision of one of the Professors of Politecnico di Milano and they will discuss it in front of a Committee.