Faculty of Economics
The faculty of Economics has been taking part to Erasmus programs for years. We are one of the main centres of a network of 55 faculties of economics spread throughout Europe. Moreover, we joined other programs, especially in cooperation with universities in Australia and the USA. As to mobility, we count around 150 outgoing students with 139 scholarships, covering 409 months, i.e. the equivalent of about 34 years. Several professors of the faculty lecture in foreign universities, mostly in UK and Eastern Europe; one of them is currently teaching at the University of Washington (D.C.). Moreover, many other professors have systematic relationships with foreign colleagues. Our Ph.D. students usually spend a few months at foreign universities, where they often get a second graduation. Our faculty also welcomes several foreign teachers, also for the courses held in Vicenza, a seat where we run two undergraduate programs and one graduate program, all with a strong international outlook. Six courses are offered in English.
Among the peculiarities of the faculty, we highlight a relatively young but highly qualified teaching staff and a strict connection with the territory. The faculty of Economics has been widely recognized for 50 years, thanks to specific attention towards students, along with a special interest in the institutions and firms of the territory. This vocation is testified by the running of more than 600 stages each year, carried out by our students at institutions and firms.
Professors and Students who might be interested in this faculty should consider the several teaching options, the quality of our courses, the attention paid to the evaluation of results and the great amount of bibliographic resources. Moreover, the beauty of our town and its territory cannot be ignored. Among the main future initiatives which will implement the internationalization process, we would like to mention the enlargement of the places dedicated to teaching activities (rooms and locations for students) and research (libraries and departments). The University is currently building the Economics Pole in the former “Caserma Santa Marta”, where new rooms will be located and all departments will be gathered in the same structure. Such measures will improve the teaching quality, by favouring the development of research as well, since its effectiveness will improve thanks to the contiguity of spaces and the sharing of resources.
In the future we also intend (a) to focus even further on the teaching offer for undergraduate courses with a strong cultural and methodological connotation (Business and Enterprise Management) and (b) to develop those graduate courses that can improve the research activity carried out by the teaching staff of the faculty. The innovation of the courses dealing with enterprises and international markets is part of this project, together with the establishment of a new course in Enterprise Direction, both held in Vicenza, and the activation of courses taught in English.
Faculty of Law
Since its early steps, the Faculty has focussed on the framing of legal issues and institutes by locating them within the European and international dimension of the legal experience on the one hand and, on the other hand, by focusing on courses strongly characterised – contentwise – by the attention paid to economic and managerial phenomena, which mostly constitute the object of the legal regulation. The offer of a specific international curriculum within the MA course in Law is therefore in this perspective, along with the courses linked to the vocation of the town and the area of Verona towards international commercial relations with foreign countries (such as Right of Transport and Logistics, Right of Tourism, etc…). The connection with the reality of legal professions is very close as well, in particular with the Orders of Lawyers and with the Magistracy, above all as far as it concerns the School for Legal Professions, organized in cooperation with the University of Trento.
As far as internationalization processes are concerned, the faculty runs courses of English and German legal lexicon, along with a joint seminar on European Right, organized each year in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Salisbury. We also run several exchange programs with 26 European universities. Moreover, the faculty has signed international agreements with extra-European institutions of higher education (Loma de Zamora, in Argentina, and Porto Alegre, in Brazil). Forms of improvement of the teaching offer in a foreign language are currently in progress, along with new means of promotion encouraging the participation to Erasmus exchanges.
A foreign professor or student should choose this faculty because it aims at becoming a centre of promotion of authentically European legal knowledge and competence, by supporting the international and economic vocation of the town, which has characterized the faculty of Law since its foundation. Indeed, we intend to create a generation of jurists particularly interested in the dynamics of the contemporary world, so as to face the complexity of changes. The faculty – strategically located in the historical centre of Verona – has a balanced teaching staff, as far as age is concerned, and is characterised by an adequate ratio between the number of professors and students, who can take advantage of high level structures for teaching activities and research.
Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy
The faculty has recently started a scientific cooperation with a network of French and German speaking universities on the topic “Hermeneutics: myth and image”, which aims at allowing a teaching and research cooperation for PhD courses. The teaching staff of the faculty also runs cooperation programs for PhD studies with Dutch universities (Utrecht and Leiden) about issues related to clinical linguistics (dyslexia) and theoretical linguistics. Such programs have already led to co-tutorship of doctorates and to the “joint title” of Doctor of Research.
The Master course in History and Geography of Europe is part of a network connecting several universities, so that the title released by the University of Verona is equivalent to the one released by partner universities. The faculty has been offering some courses in English for some years, mostly attended by students of Linguistics, Political Philosophy and History of Philosophy, according to the inter-subject methodology of the History of Concepts. Several foreign professors – coming from Holland, Germany, USA, France and Norway – are invited to lecture in such courses. Thanks to bilateral conventions, international agreements with 36 European seats are active. The current Erasmus mobility program has led 63 foreign visiting students to our faculty and an equal number of Italian students are studying abroad. We also count a great amount of exchanges with South American Universities, such as those in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, thus allowing exchanges both of students and professors. Furthermore, the faculty takes active part to the exchange of students and staff following the bilateral agreements of cooperation and exchange with universities of North America.
Among the main features of the faculty, we highlight the good relationships between professors and students, allowing a direct, personal contact. We also emphasize strong links of professors to research and study teams at national and international level, with evident relapses on their teaching activity. The team-work is extraordinary: the team of professors helps everybody to cooperate in a quiet and positive climate, thanks to the fact that every single member has scientific relationships outside the university, thus allowing the implementation of knowledge exchange in the research areas.
Among the reasons why a foreign student or a professor should choose this faculty, we should not overlook the fact that it offers the chance to deepen several aspects of the great humanistic and classic tradition, in close relationship with the most recent scientific developments and often with a marked inter-subject perspective. The faculty of Humanities is particularly proficient in this area and offers in-depth competence. The beauty of Verona as a city is also to be taken into consideration. As far as invited professors are concerned, the University of Verona has acknowledged the status of Visiting Scholar since 2007, a title which can be exploited in their own universities. Among undergoing projects in the area of internationalization, there is the will to intensify the invitations of foreign professors, in order to lead them to choose the faculty for a period of lectureship in Italy. We are also working for the strengthening of the project regarding the History of Concepts, e.g. the individuation of a group of classic authors read in translated version, such as Aristotle, Euclid and others, through a teaching project which can stir the interest of several European countries, in order to build a homogeneous teaching backdrop for European students interested in this subject.
Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature
The faculty was the first to present internationalization activities within the Erasmus program, by establishing a convention with a German university. This implies different kinds of contacts and cooperation activities with foreign countries, involving particularly professors and students. This Faculty has signed agreements with 14 European countries: Austria, Belgium. Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Estonia, France, Hungary, Holland, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic and Great Britain, totalling 72 partners. Students have responded in a very positive way, in the academic year 2007/2008 we registered 247 outgoing students and 82 visiting students. In 2008/2009 there have been 163 outgoing students, while 114 foreign students have joined our faculty, thus showing high appreciation by foreign students. The mobility of professors is very frequent as well.
The good points of the faculty are linked to the curricula offered, mostly the BA courses in “Languages and Cultures of Tourism and for International Trade”, and the MA in “Languages for Commercial Communication and Promotion of International Tourism”. Such courses include also legal and economic subjects, along with two foreign languages and are completely or partially offered in a foreign language, favouring the improvement of linguistic competence in specific subjects.
Among the reasons leading foreign students and professors to join our university, we count the seat itself and the town, but also courses combining humanistic and legal-economic subjects. Moreover, foreign students are helped a lot by the delegate to internationalization, the area coordinator, the seat coordinator, all present in the faculty. A tradition of closeness and attention to foreign students is also widely recognized.
Our future projects involve the cooperation with seats in English-speaking countries; indeed, the faculty has already started exchanges with Oxford, Cambridge and other English universities, particularly with reference to the mobility of students of MA courses. Moreover, nine students of the PhD course in Foreign Literatures and Science of Literatures benefit of the co-tutorship. Such initiatives improve the scientific cooperation and are particularly important for the organization of conferences and exchanges among the teaching staff.
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
As far as internationalization is concerned, the faculty has 25 agreements active with European Universities (Erasmus) and nine with Extra-European institutes of higher education (five in the USA, two in Australia and two in Brazil).
In 2008 the faculty received 28 foreign students, activating clinical tutorials in English for the following courses: Surgery, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Gynaecology. This efforts are intended to assure the welcoming of foreign English-speaking students. Tutorials allow access to Clinics, participation to meetings to discuss clinical cases and the release of certifications attesting the activities carried out. Besides, the access to research labs is guaranteed both for basic subjects (Physiology, Anatomy, Pathologic Anatomy, General Pathology) and for Clinics. We also promote formative activities in English (workshops, stages, foreign lectures) for the PhD courses organized by the faculty.
The faculty can boast an excellent student-tutor relationship (1/1, maximum 1/2). The access to the hospital departments, the research laboratories, the library, the internet points and the refectory contribute to making the faculty even more appreciated and characterized by high quality services.
A foreign student or lecturer might also choose the faculty due to the accessibility to tutorials and research laboratory activities held in English.
Among the future projects of internationalization, we can mention an area devoted to seminaries or courses in English through the portal of the faculty. We are also planning to implement measures for outgoing students, together with several learning agreements with foreign faculties.
Over the last few years, evaluation agencies, including the Directive Committee for the Evaluation of Research of the MIUR, have placed our faculty among the top five positions of the list of Italian faculties according to scientific production. This result is testified to by the several publications on journals with international prestige, dealing mainly with meaningful aspects concerning neurophysiologic and anatomic matters, along with biochemistry and molecular biology, the genetic basis of diseases, cellular and molecular mechanisms of the biologic defences and of the neoplastic transformation, pathogenesis of infective diseases and other innovative aspects of research in different fields of clinical and experimental medicine and surgery (vascular damage, thrombus-embolisms, haematology diseases, endocrinology and metabolism maladies, neurological diseases, biological, clinical and social aspects of mental disorders, general and clinical psychology, gastroenterology-surgery, cardio-surgery and surgery of the hearing and the maxillo-facial apparatus).
The Research Catalogue of the University shows that in the years 2004-2006 professors of the faculty (in the 3–year-long period respectively 272, 279 and 306) published on international journals (respectively 457, 443 and 556 articles). 302 permanent members of the teaching staff are currently part of the faculty of Medicine (78 full professors, 75 associate professors and 149 researchers), along with an equal number of freelance researchers. We obtained funding for our scientific research from the MIUR and the European Union, for a total sum of about Є 1.5 millions, and other funding from different Organizations and from the Venetian Regional Administration and the Ministry of Health (including Є 2.85 millions for a strategic program).
Faculty of Education
The faculty has been working for the development of Erasmus exchanges for years, receiving also students from foreign universities. The formative activities have been diversified in order to offer courses in a foreign language. Several conventions involve foreign universities with exchanging lecturers and students, which is particularly important, considering the internationalization of research. One of the main features of the faculty is the chance students are given to take active part in their learning process through projects of stage directly on the territory, so as to link theory to practice. These programs are led by a member of the teaching staff who works as a tutor. Erasmus students can be followed in their mother tongue as well, in order to be helped and have the chance to meet directly the formative culture developed in the different territorial institutions. In so doing, they can see how the theories of education sciences are implemented here. They are finally allowed to take part also in workgroups. It is extremely important to emphasize that, thanks to a specific faculty decision, formative training can be carried out also abroad.
A foreign student or lecturer should be attracted by this faculty first of all due to its welcoming peculiarity, and also due to the possibility to access programs of education sciences that have not been rigidly pre-structured. Indeed, students can choose a program of study where they can negotiate the structure of the training received in the country of origin with the one of the hosting country, and take advantage of the possibility to gain “experiential learning”, as it is generally called. Several institutions on the territory allow foreign students to come into contact not only with the formal but also with the informal culture through projects of training, by offering to students to get rooted to experience, instead of approaching only the theoretical dimension of knowledge.
Among the future projects of internationalization, we recall the development of the School of Doctoral Studies in Philosophy and Humanities, which largely depends on our faculty. We welcome and favour links to scholars coming from all over the world and involved in different subjects, with a particular interest not only for European and North-American countries but also for Africa, Asia and South-America. We also welcome lecturers coming from North-America and are about to sign a convention with some French universities, which will involve the presence of French scholars in our degree programs. In particular, we are organizing lessons for the MA courses, with the hope that this will encourage also French students to join our university.
Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences
Several activities of internationalization, mainly pertaining to the Erasmus-Socrates program, are currently run by the faculty in cooperation with European universities in England, France, Holland, Spain and Germany, above all in the field of biotechnology. Such activities include the possibility to attend courses in English, mainly for MA courses, but also the chance to enter an international network of Schools of Doctoral Studies, where the level of internationalization is ensured by research projects at national and European level.
The faculty of natural sciences has focused its attention on computer sciences, biotechnologies and applied maths. An MA course in Viticulture and Oenology, typical activities of the territory of Verona, was activated around three years ago. The interest is mainly devoted to MA courses, since we tried to link the MA training to research projects related to the computer sciences and in the fields of viticulture, mathematics and bio-technology. The students interested in the development of projects in computer security, analysis of proteins, oenology and advanced viticulture, in maths and in the creation of mathematic models of phenomena will find the best courses in Verona.
Foreign students and lecturers can choose this faculty because it is young: the average age of the teaching staff is 42, i.e. lower than the average of the faculties of Natural Sciences in Italy and, in general, of all the Italian faculties. Less than 20% of the teaching staff comes from Verona, which means that many contacts are in act with Italian and foreign universities, thanks to the former history of teachers. The atmosphere is very welcoming and open-minded, the relationship with professors is excellent. At present the teaching staff totals about 100 people between researchers and professors. We aim at accepting a limited number of talented students, mostly for the MA courses. Laboratories are particularly rich, large and of high quality, so that students can practice more than in other similar faculties.
Among future projects of internationalization, we intend to recruit foreign teaching staff through direct appointment. Moreover, we are trying to obtain the joint recognition of degrees for both MA and BA courses, above all involving Bordeaux with reference to viticulture and oenology. As for biotechnologies, we are trying to set up links to German and English universities, and we are looking for cooperation agreements with English and French universities for the computer area.
Faculty of Motor and Sport sciences
The faculty has activated traditional activities for the internationalization process, mainly linked to Erasmus exchanges, which are demonstrated by the current presence of many students in several European seats, from Portugal to Germany, England, France, Spain and Hungary, generally with a good level of students’ satisfaction.
Among the good points of the faculty, we consider its “young age”, not only with reference to the year of its foundation, but also to the average age of the teaching staff, which is absolutely lower than the national average. Professors are trained in other faculties, such as Medicine and Surgery or Education, only few come directly from the faculty of Sport Sciences.
The faculty is extremely pragmatic, able to solve problems and recognised as one of the best among the 30 of this kind in Italy. As far as research initiatives are concerned, the faculty is leading for adapted motor activities, the research in the field of sport and on the motor control. Its teaching staff is usually linked to sport national teams, thanks also to past activities, while others come from foreign universities. Foreign lecturers have contributed to widen not only students’ knowledge but also the one of teachers already present in the faculty.
The teaching structures are well coordinated: rooms, sports ground, a track for athletics with 8 lanes, a sport palace, small gyms for martial arts, apparatus rooms. Students find themselves in an ideal setting. The faculty is adequately internationalized since many professors spent some years abroad; indeed, sport faculties were founded abroad much earlier than in Italy. Within the staff we count some English native speakers, while some of the students are foreigners.
Among our future projects, we highlight the improvement of the activities connected to the doctoral courses, so as to create the ideal conditions for the development of research in the motor field. The professors who have worked abroad still have good relationships and keep on cooperating with foreign universities. Many researches focus on sport physiology, sport activities and motor control. Among the partners, we count the University of Manchester and the Department of Neurosciences of the University of Geneva. Moreover, important cooperation agreements have been started with universities in Australia, New Zealand and in the United States. We particularly highlight an interesting project regarding sport training, in cooperation with the University of Hamilton (Canada). The faculty nourishes a special interest for matters connected to the third age, with projects shared at European level, and courses to train instructors for the physical activity of the elderly. Some activities have already started, while others are about to be set up, in direct contact with the territory.