Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana is among one of the Universities of Applied Sciences of the Swiss Confederation. SUPSI is an autonomous association, and it emphasis on professional training and applied research. SUPSI was set up on 11 March 1997 by Canton Ticino and it got government acknowledgment in 2003. The new foundation incorporates prior specific schools and open and private research organizations which date back to 1852 with the Cantonal High School started by Carlo Cattaneo and providing advanced education courses in mechanics and engineering. In 1997 SUPSI is isolated into four divisions: Construction and Territory, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Applied Art and Business Administration. Earlier SUPSI recognitions were granted in 2000 in engineering, structural building, software engineering, electronic designing, inside plan, visual correspondence, protection and reclamation, business organization and social work. In 2001 the Canton Ticino Chamber of Commerce for Industry and Craftsmanship, the Association of Ticino Industries, the Ticino Banking Association and by Ticino Section Swiss Construction Companies set up the Ticino Economy Prize (Premio dell'Economia Ticinese) for the best SUPSI graduates; in 2011 the Prize Talenthesis was established.
SUPSI is currently located in southern Switzerland, Manno, Canobbio, Brig, Landquart, Locarno, Lugano e Verscio and Canton Ticino. Associated schools are Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Fernfachhochschule Schweiz due to progressive integration of pre-existing schools and open and private research foundations, the structure of the departments changes through time. Department for Environment, Constructions and Design, Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care, Department of Innovative Technologies, Department of Teaching and Learning, etc. are few of the main departments of Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana.
SUPSI is among one of the nine universities of applied sciences recognized by the Swiss Confederation. Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana is among top 20 schools in Switzerland. It is the only Italian language university in Switzerland with around 4,000 students in the Lugano region. The recognizing features of SUPSI are that it gives study opportunities to the individuals with professional experience and who keep on operating in professional capacity, the program incorporates with the full-time lecturer and part time professionals administrators, that it offers an extensive variety of courses to those working professionally, and that it conducts collaborative research extends as a team with organizations and foundations in the region. SUPSI offers more than 30 bachelor and master courses, supplementing theoretical scientific knowledge and innovative advances applied to genuine projects. Different divisions of SUPSI are mainly based in Southern Switzerland. Its four institutional mandates are first and second level college instruction (bachelor's and master's degree), proceeding with training, applied research and counselling and support administrations to businesses and foundations.
SUPSI came up with a new project to improve the quality of photovoltaic systems in Switzerland. SUPSI and Swissolar Electrosuisse worked together in a study concerning the quality assurance (QA) and reliability of photovoltaic systems. SUPSI is at the top in Europe in the forensic investigative field. The Secretariat of State for training, research and innovation (SEFRI) has appointed Alessandro Trivilini, SUPSI, as the representative of Switzerland within the management committee of the 'head of the forensic service of the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) COST "Multi-modal imaging of forensic science evidence - tools for forensic science", the intergovernmental program of European cooperation in scientific and technological research.