The Institute for Art and Restoration was founded on 23 March 1978 and operates as a centre for specialisation and professional training in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural heritage worldwide. It is also a consultancy and restoration centre for public authorities and private companies. The experience gained from over 40 years of activities, with more than 4800 postgraduate programs, more than 7500 graduate students and 18000 restorations, defines the Institute for Art and Restoration as a centre of excellence in the industry. It is both nationally and internationally capable of offering professional training to the needs of the labour market and constantly updating with the latest technologies and philosophies of intervention. Since 1978, students from all over the world have been trained in the laboratories and workshops of various institutional settings as many have attended short courses on introductions to different techniques and technological updates. This intense activity has contributed to strengthening Florence's image as the “world capital of art and restoration”.