Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Erasmus launches UniTrento even deeper into Europe

The University, which is at the centre of many student mobility programmes, obtains funding to run 13 projects that range from security to languages, from biomedical science to innovation in teaching to active European citizenship

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The University of Trento participates in 13 Erasmus+ projects that have obtained 13.5 million euro funding.

The resources awarded by the European Commission that will be managed directly by the University, because of its role of coordinator in the Erasmus+ 2019 call or as project partner, amount to over 4 million euro. These resources will be used to facilitate mobility and international cooperation.

This will help the University maintain its international outlook and give students the opportunity to choose the type of learning or of experience that suits their needs from a wide range of options.

Two of the funded projects belong to the category of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees: the International Master in Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies (IMSISS), the new master's programme launched by the School of International Studies of the University of Trento with a budget of 4,370,000 euro over six years; and the European Master Program in Language and Communication Technologies, designed around the Cognitive Science degree programme of CIMeC – Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, which received 4,274,000 euro funding for six years. At the end of these programmes, in both cases, students will receive qualifications that are recognized by all the participating countries.

In addition to the European funding (1,517,000 euro) that supports the ‘classic’ Erasmus programme – which is well known among students from all over Europe and promotes the mobility of students, faculty and staff across European countries – the University of Trento has also obtained 1,159,865 euro within the International Credit Mobility initiative, which encourages student, faculty and staff mobility to and from non-European countries. There are 28 non-European universities from 13 countries participating in this project, which will continue for 3 years.

Other four approved projects are in the Strategic Partnerships category, and aim to encourage development, knowledge transfer and the adoption of innovative practices at the organizational and institutional level: Core Technologies for Education and Innovation in Life Sciences (InnoCore), coordinated by the Cibio Department (budget amounting to 449,930 euro); Teaching Col-lab: Collaborative Platform for Teaching Excellence & Innovation (total budget of 182,000 euro); Inclusive Childhood Education Supported by Multimedia and Digital Storytelling, designed by the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science with a total budget of 450,000 euro; Urban diversities: challenges for social work, developed by the Department of Sociology and Social Research with a budget of 140,000 euro.

In the Capacity Building category, whose purpose is to support the modernization, accessibility and internationalization of higher education in Partner Countries, approval was granted to the project Introducing Recent Electrical Engineering Developments into Engineering undergraduate curriculum, designed by the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of Uni Trento with a total budget of over 800,000 euro.

To conclude, four more projects have received funding within the Jean Monnet action, which aims to support initiatives that promote the European integration process, active European citizenship, the dialogue between peoples and cultures, the role of the EU in a globalized world: they are Internationalization and Soft Skills for Change Management in Europe (budget 26,892 euro); Trento Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (41,497 euro); Financial Innovation For Active Welfare Policies (56,946 euro); North Africa Middle East Politics and EU Security (55,575 euro).