IFI works with training institutions of various levels. As well as being a useful way to share experiences, the contact between company and training institutions is a practical contribution to the company’s development.
Each year students on the Industrial and Environmental Design degree course and IFI’s Research and Development Department tackle a design-related research project together. In some cases, IFI has invested in the engineering and production of the prototype of one of the proposed designs.
The ‘Industrial Designer’ project promoted by Confindustria Pesaro and Urbino aims to put young designers in touch with companies that are not involved in design. During the training stage before the company placement, 18 young designers paid a training visit to IFI to get a deeper understanding of the dynamics of a company that has made design and innovation its strength.
As part of the ‘Working with German’ project promoted by the Goethe Institut in Rome, IFI was chosen as a company twinned with the Bramante ITC (Technical and Commercial Institute) in Pesaro with the aim of building relationships between schools teaching German and companies. The project by the 4C students of the Bramante institute, presented following an in-depth visit of IFI’s head office, was classed second nationally. On that occasion, the Chairman of IFI S.p.A. Gianfranco Tonti spoke at the “National Convention for Teachers of German in Italy” which was held in Rome at the headquarters of the Goethe Institut.
IFI is the academic partner of the Industrial Product Design course (Ferrara University), which trains young designers. IFI hosts course students at the company, giving them a deeper understanding of the dynamics of creating a product from the idea to market.
From December to May, three days a week, the Pesaro newspaper ‘il Resto del Carlino’ devotes a whole page to publishing articles written by students from the province’s junior high schools. At the end of the cycle, the best articles are rewarded at a ceremony attended by all the students. Through this initiative, each year hundreds of boys and girls have the possibility of trying their hand at reporting, of experimenting with rhythm, space and rules, thus becoming more knowledgeable readers and reporters.
The ‘Develop a Concept of Success’ workshop was organised by Desita and G.C. S.r.l. in conjunction with IFI, with the involvement of Italian Food Trading and support from IREF (Education and Training Research Institute) Italy. During the event, which was held at IFI’s headquarters, the chairman of IFI S.p.A. Gianfranco Tonti illustrated the role of product technology in developing a successful project.
Founded in 1967 by Giorgio Fuà, ISTAO is one of the most prestigious management schools in Italy and IFI is one of its shareholders. ISTAO’s aim is to “cultivate the development of a specific model of entrepreneur: the civically and culturally committed entrepreneur”. In line with this philosophy, IFI is actively involved in the Master’s in “Innovation Technology and Management” and in higher-level courses for students at the Istituto Adriano Olivetti.
During these years, IFI has been the academic partner of POLI.DESIGN, in the context of courses and seminars on designing public venues. On several occasions, IFI has hosted students from the Milan Politecnico Consortium at the company.
Students from ISIA (Higher Institute for the Artistic Industries) in Urbino took part in a week-long photography workshop on the subject of the cycling and pedestrian track dedicated to Umberto Cardinali, with tutor and photographer Luca Capuano. Their work formed a substantial part of the book celebrating the Company's 50th anniversary, supervised by the then Director of the Urbino ISIA, Prof. Roberto Pieracini.
NABA was set up in 1980 with the aim of introducing vision and language closer to contemporary artistic practices and to the art system and creative professions. The Academy’s courses are attended by over 1700 students from across the whole world. IFI’s relationship with NABA arose because of its relationship with one of its teaching staff, the designer Beppe Riboli. The Affresco gelato parlour concept, which was presented at SIGEP 2010, came from a project by the NABA students.
IFI took an active part in many of the workshops organized at the inaugural International Design Biennale. The first International Design Biennale, an initiative promoted and organized by the Eduardo Vittoria Architecture and Design School of Camerino University and the Piceno University Consortium, put together a varied programme of events which was a significant time for thinking and debate on design as an opportunity for regional development.
IFI supported the ‘Il Cantiere del Logo’ (The Logo Construction Site) event organized by the Sociology Faculty of Urbino University. This initiative was intended to make Urbino the reference point of the link between brand and region, freeing the city from the stereotype of a place locked in defence of a glorious past, rather than aimed at understanding a dynamic present and continually speeding up.
IFI took part in the Career Day, an event organized by Urbino University to put young people in touch with the world of work. IFI’s representatives were available to answer questions from interested students and to receive their CVs.
‘Design in the Marche’ was an event entirely dedicated to design and was organized and managed by the Architecture Faculty and the degree course in Industrial and Environmental Design at Camerino University. IFI was heavily involved in the three days of reflection on the future of Italian design, on key themes of contemporary design, and on the design and industrial culture of the Marche in the overall relationship between local and global.
IFI contributed to the acquisition of computing facilities to equip the Sociology Faculty of Urbino University with a modern computing laboratory.