The University of Trento and the University of San Marino have signed a new memorandum of understanding to take advantage of the opportunity to jointly offer undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, organize orientation initiatives and develop innovative research projects.
On 8 February, in San Marino, Rectors Paolo Collini and Corrado Petrocelli, in the presence of Andrea Belluzzi, Secretary of State for Education and Culture, signed the document that will provide the legal framework for a number of projects that include, among other things, research staff and doctoral student mobility, primarily in the areas of law, social sciences and health care, and international relations.
“We are very satisfied with this agreement that brings together the University of San Marino and a very prestigious institution like the University of Trento, in particular because of its potential benefits”, explained Petrocelli. "The agreement strengthens the work done by our University in the legal field but, most of all, lays the foundation for new and promising developments in the areas of research and teaching and learning. It also enhances the role of our University as a key point of reference for the Republic of San Marino".
"We welcomed the invitation from the University of San Marino to cooperate on many issues of common interest, both in research and in the development of new programmes of study", commented Rector Collini. "This collaboration is the result of the networking activity of our Faculty of Law, and developed from the meeting we held in November in Trento with the Secretary of State and the delegation of the Republic of San Marino, where we outlined some possible options. First of all, for example, our University could provide expertise to inform the institutional reform programme the Republic aims to undertake. Our University could participate in the review of some aspects of the Republic's legal framework, renewing it in light of existing rules and best practices, while maintaining the legal tradition of the Republic of San Marino".
In this regard, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Trento, Fulvio Cortese, stressed that the community of scholars of UniTrento, with their European, historical-comparative and transnational background, will make this collaboration very fruitful and recommended as a first step to create thematic working groups involving representatives of the two universities.
To start on the right foot, this morning, a meeting took place at University Library of the University of San Marino with Collini, Cortese, Petrocelli and Belluzzi together with the Secretary of State for Justice of the Republic of San Marino, Massimo Andrea Ugolini, the Chief Magistrate of the Republic, Giovanni Canzio, and the Director of the San Marino Legal Institute, Paolo Pascucci.
"Having signed the agreement, the two Universities will now draft the implementing regulations that will take effect in the coming months", underlined Belluzzi. "The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two Rectors - continued the Secretary of State - is part of the development strategy adopted by the University of San Marino in recent years. These are young and dynamic Universities that aim to strengthen their educational offer and to increase the quality of their services".