Italian post issued a stamp to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy counting about 38,700 students. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in Engineering, Architecture and Design. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan. The Politecnico has two main campuses in Milan city, where the majority of the research and teaching activity are located, and other satellite campuses in five other cities across Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. The central offices and headquarters are located in the historical campus of Citta Studi in Milan, which is also the largest, active since 1927.
The university was ranked the best for Engineering and among the top big universities in Italy in the CENSIS-Repubblica Italian University rankings for 2011-2012 and is ranked as the 48th best technical university in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.
The stamp illustrates the main façade of the headquarters of the Politecnico di Milano.