As explained in the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, The University of Gastronomic Sciences considers Third Mission activities as a fundamental institutional responsibility for its mission.

For UNISG the Third Mission is the set of activities with which the University, alongside traditional teaching and research missions, enters into direct interaction with society and promotes the transfer and sharing of culture and innovation in the Gastronomic Sciences.

These external activities are particularly capable of promoting the creation of value for the whole society, for businesses and for the territory in which UNISG is synergistically and strategically located. Therefore, the University of Gastronomic Sciences pursues adequate policies for the Third Mission and implements a series of actions aimed at ensuring its quality.

The University constantly monitors and evaluates Third Mission activities, which are considered an integral part of the University’s quality assurance policies (QA), through precise Guidelines for the achievement of its strategic objectives.

The Third UNISG Mission is:

The Third Parties describes the research and consultancy activities carried out by the University on the basis of contracts with external clients.Thanks to its centrality within the network that involves numerous excellences of Italian food and worldwide, the University carries out numerous research activities on behalf of third parties, some of which are configured as innovative and unique investigations in Italy.


Intermediation structures are areas of the University that play a role of connection and mediation with the territory, activities that fall under the institutional task of the Third Mission.

The University of Gastronomic Sciences avails itself of the following intermediation structures within the University that handle relations with partner companies, external dissemination and placement activities:


Training activities that fall within the framework of the Third Mission, as they are aimed at participants other than those who typically benefit from university teaching.

The University of Gastronomic Sciences is characterized by a wide range of continuous training activities aimed at companies, confederations, associations and non-profit organizations in the agro-food sector.



Public engagement describes the activities, aimed at a non-academic public, institutionally organized by the University or its non-profit structures. These activities have educational, cultural and social values and aim at maintaining social cohesion.




The “Migranti Film Festival” is an international film festival aimed at exploring the mobility of people, ideas and things. The exhibition privileges titles based on their ability to observe complexity, horizons, to include new knowledge and to deal with mobility.



The event aims to raise awareness, reward and meet the champions of global good practices in the areas of environmental protection and sustainable agriculture. The theme of the 2018 edition was: “The vegetable garden revolution”.





Project realized with the support of the UNHCR, it offers a training course focused on food and gastronomy aimed at refugees and asylum seekers guests in the reception system (SPRAR and CAS) of the Piedmont Region. The project aims at promoting their social and work inclusion processes .



It is a project that aims to collect and communicate with videos the memories of the world through a complex multimedia archive. So far, it has created an extensive online database that contains over 1000 life and gastronomy stories.





Editorial project of gastronomic communication, developed entirely by UNISG students and alumni.



UNISG has collaborated with Slow Food Editore and Giunti Editore to create the “Terra Futura” series. The volumes offer to the public tools to understand why sustainability is a primary scientific challenge. Italian and foreign experts present points of view that support the value of biodiversity and indicate alternative ways and languages ​​to the dominant thought.


Adhesion to the Manifesto of Inclusive University

The focus on the social inclusion of refugees and, more generally, of migrants, minorities, and vulnerable groups is crucial to the “integral ecology”, which is at the heart of the mission of the Pollenzo University and aims to put happiness and justice among peoples back at the centre of life on earth.

For this reason, the University of Gastronomic Sciences has been one of the first Italian universities to adhere to the Manifesto of Inclusive University promoted by the UNHCR.

By adhering to the Manifesto and committing themselves to promote the access of refugees to higher education, universities contribute to the realization of the Third Mission, promoting the enhancement of knowledge in favour of the social, cultural and economic development of society.

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Michele Fino
Director Third Mission