The Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (UNIBO) is a multi-campus university with seats in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, and Rimini. It is the oldest university in Western Europe and one of the most important European higher education institutions, with more than 87,000 enrolled students (5,600 students from abroad), 11 Schools, 33 research departments, and 27 research centres, 2,881 academic staff and 3,004 administrative staff.
Aware of its own international dimension by history and vocation, the University of Bologna undertakes to consolidate and increase the internationalisation of its scientific and learning programmes and its organisation. For this purpose, it promotes mobility and cooperation among universities from different Countries, dialoguing with the most qualified international scientific and cultural institutions.
In the IEREST Project, UNIBO takes the role of leading partner and coordinator, and it is also the leader of the Dissemination and Exploitation work-packages.
Three UNIBO structures are participating in the IEREST Project: University Language Centre (CLA - one of the institution’s language centres, formerly CILTA), the School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Interpreting and Translation, and International Relations Division (part of the General Administration of the University of Bologna).
CLA (University Language Centre) is the oldest university language centre in Italy. It provides language facilities to various faculties, institutes and departments. The teaching staff are very experienced in the development and use of ICT and e-learning materials. As CILTA, it participated in a number of research projects on e-learning and lifelong learning, WebCEF and CEFcult among the most recent ones. See more: http://www.cilta.unibo.it/CILTA/default.htm
The School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Interpreting and Translation aims to train professionals to attain a high level proficiency in two or more languages and their related cultural traditions. Each year the Faculty has over 2.000 fully registered students, 200 of whom come from countries all over the world. It has launched a large number of international projects, among which E-local, a project which promotes less widely used European languages as an important contribution to multilingualism. See more:
The International Relations Division is in charge of the implementation of the internationalisation strategy of the university, particularly the activities and the management of exchange students from European Programmes. See more:
Due to the expertise of its scientific members, the research unit of Bologna is particularly involved in the project activities connected to research learning mobility, intercultural learning and intercultural (language) teaching.
Let’s know the people from UNIBO who are working at the development of IEREST.
English language teacher at the University of Bologna language centre (C.I.L.T.A.) since 1992; she obtained a PhD at the University of Warwick, with a thesis on the cross-cultural adaptation process in the context of student mobility. Apart from her interest in intercultural education, she is also interested in the OER movement and in the use of technology to support teaching and learning. She was an active partner of the WebCEF and CEFcult European projects. With Lucia Livatino, she was responsible for the Italian Community in the WebCEF Project.
Project Manager of the IEREST Project. After a degree in Arts at the University of Bologna (2004); she obtained a Ph.D at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2008) with a thesis titled 'A Methodological Model for Intercultural Foreign Language Education: From Practice to Theory'. At present, she is Adjunct Lecturer in Foreign Language Teaching at the School of Foreign Languages and Literature (UNIBO), where she also teaches academic writing, and researches intercultural education and foreign language teaching. She has published on intercultural competence development and intercultural education in higher education. She also works as teacher trainer.
Italian language teacher at the University of Bologna language centre (C.I.L.T.A.) since 1999; she has significant experience teaching at all levels to international students on mobility programmes. Previously, she taught Italian at the University for Foreigners of Perugia (1989-1998). She works on plurilingualism and intercultural communication. She is interested in the use of technology to support teaching and learning, and was an active partner of the WebCEF and CEFcult European projects. With Ana Beaven, she was responsible for the Italian Community in the WebCEF Project. She has also been working as teacher trainer (for teachers of Italian as FL - Language Network for Excellence, 2010-2011; for students of the second cycle degree programme ‘Italian Culture and Language for Foreigners’, University of Bologna).
Italian language teacher at the University of Bologna Language Centre since 2000. She obtained a PhD at the University of Bologna with a thesis on a methodological integrated approach to citizenship and second language teaching and learning. She has authored self-access courses and web-based materials, has been involved in test development and writing and has participated in national and international projects on language teaching and testing and on intercultural communication and education (CERCLU, CEFcult). She has also been working as teacher trainer (for teachers of Italian as FL - Language Network for Excellence, 2010-2011; for students of the second cycle degree programme ‘Italian Culture and Language for Foreigners’, University of Bologna). She has published on Italian L2 language teaching, language testing and citizenship education.
She is currently a researcher at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bologna, where she has taught Teaching Italian a second language since 2005. Previously she taught Language teaching methodologies at the University of Siena-Arezzo (2001-05) and Italian L2 to Erasmus students at C.I.L.T.A (1990-2000). She has participated in several national projects in the fields of language teaching, dialogue and interaction, intercultural communication and institutional communication, including “Forms of university teaching in humanities faculties” and “Discourse and learning”. She has also coordinated a research project on “Intercultural communication in the workplace” (University of Siena-Arezzo). She has published extensively on intercultural communication, citizenship education and foreign language teaching.
She graduated in Economics and Business Management at the University of Bologna and was awarded by a Master in Business Administration from Alma Graduate School. She has been working for the University of Bologna with administrative responsibilities since 1999. She started her career working in the specialist area of the Management Control for the university and in 2007 she moved to the International Relations Division where she has been working on the administrative and financial management of European funded projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Tempus Programme, ALFAIII Programme, Edu-link Programme, EU-China Environmental Governance Programme, Erasmus Mundus Programme. Her main expertise is in budgeting, accounting, management control systems, strategy tools, corporate strategy and the financial management of HE international projects focusing on creating financial statements, budgets, reports to be used for decision-making processes and as requested by the European Commission.
She is currently working for the University of Bologna in the Management, Administration, Promotion and Financial Unit, with a focus on administrative and financial issues related to the management of EU funded projects in the field of HE under the LLP Erasmus, ALFA III, Tempus and Edu-link programmes.
She has a previous professional experience as project manager and researcher for a non-profit organisation specialising in educational research & innovation.
She got a degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna and a specialization in International Cooperation for Development earned at the University of Padova.
Graduated in International Politics at the University of Bologna and awarded by a Master in European Policies and Programs. He has been working in the management of European Programs of Education and Training for 11 years and since 2004 he works at the European Programs Unit within the International Relations Division at the University of Bologna. His main expertise is the management of HE international projects focusing on student mobility, Joint Degree development and structural and policy measures. In the last years he has been working on the promotion and implementation of HE European Programs within University of Bologna, with a particular focus on Erasmus Mundus Programmes. He has been the project coordinator of the JOIMAN Structural Network on Joint Degree Management and Administration and he is coordinator of work packages within the Erasmus JOI.CON project and Erasmus Mundus Action 3 EM-IDEA project. He chairs the Utrecht Network Task Force on Joint Degrees. He has external expert for the European project Erasmus Mundus Action 3: “JDAZ” coordinated by NUFFIC. He has been and currently is Expert Evaluator of European LLP ERASMUS projects for EACEA and the Italian National Agency in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013
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