Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological University, training engineers, architects and industrial designers. The University has always focused on the quality and innovation of teaching and research developing a fruitful relationship with both business and manufacturing worlds, as well as the public and third sectors, by means of experimental research and technological transfer. POLIMI is the top Italian university for projects funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development.

The university was ranked the best for Engineering and among the top big universities in Italy in the CENSIS-Repubblica Italian University rankings for 2014-2015. According to the QS World University Rankings, as of 2017 it is the 24th best technical university in the world, ranking 7th for Design, 24th for Engineering and Technology, 14th for Civil and Structural Engineering and 14th for Architecture.

The Department of Design is well experienced in joint research projects and brings outstanding competencies on introducing design-enabled innovation into diverse contexts, being a world leader in advancing design knowledge and in exploring and opening new fields of activity, such as the introduction of design methods and tools in the domains of services, social innovation, business strategies and business modelling.