Our History

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The School of Management was founded in 1957 in Turin by Professor Federico Maria Pacces, with the backing of the most important companies and entrepreneurs in Turin. The original name was Scuola di Amministrazione Industriale (SAI).

It was one of the first examples of a partnership between the academic and the entrepreneurial world in order to create the future generation of managers.

In December 1974 SAI changed its name into Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale (SAA) under the University of Turin. SAA is the only Italian School of Management which:

  • is part of the University System;
  • issues degrees which are recognized by the State;
  • works in the city which symbolizes Italian industrial culture;
  • offers courses aimed at giving a real insight into what the entrepreneurial world needs.

All these aspects have one mission: to create managers who are equipped to lead companies efficiently and successfully.
Since it was founded, SAA has always been ready to embrace new methodologies and to adapt the courses offered to the changing business world.

Over fifty years of experience in teaching and working with companies has allowed SAA to become perfectly aware of the evolution of the context it is working in. Thus the quality of the courses is constantly being improved and updated.

Furthermore, the teachers are another strong asset to the school; they bring together a thorough  knowledge of their subject with the practical experiences of people working in real companies.

The School, which is part of the University of Turin, has carried out interdisciplinary projects which deal with all the different aspects of management. SAA was and is the link between research, higher education and the business world.

The School became SAA S.c.a.r.l. in January 2013. It is a combination of experience, knowledge, relationships with business realities and cooperation with the University of Turin. Its purpose is to:

  • continue and intensify cooperation with Universities in order to develop high quality management training programs.
  • offer companies training projects which can combine managerial experience with the real needs of a company.