Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Doctor in Law, held a number of public offices in canton Ticino from 1979 to 1999 after passing his bar exam: Judge, Chief of the Cantonal Police, Secretary-General for Educa-tion and Culture, project manager for the creation of the University of Lugano (USI) and Secretary-General of the USI. After four years heading up a group of private clinics, he was made Director of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland in 2003. Since 2008 he is State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation.