University of Macerata, Italy

The University of Macerata, established in 1290, is one of the oldest in Italy, and the oldest in its region. Currently, the university human resources consist of about 600 people, divided into full professors, associate and assistant professors, administrative and technical staff.

The university is specialized and well-known in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), as well as for the following departments:

Department of Law, Department of Education - Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Department of Political Sciences, Communication Sciences and International Relations, Department of Humanities (History, Literature, Philosophy, Language, Archaeology), Department of Economics and Law.

From an academic perspective, the scholarship of researchers and professors of UniMC is well expressed by the quality of scientific publications (often at the international level) and by the high number of exchange programmes active during the last 7 years with leading European universities.

The generated knowledge has been spread in local and international settings, involving and serving entrepreneurial associations and contributing to social, cultural, and economic development (the so-called ‘third mission of universities’). Moreover, the University has relevant experience in international projects, as well as in many institutional cooperation agreements and in the presence of incoming visiting professors.

Students are offered a broad range of courses supported by state-of-the-art services, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes, specialization schools and summer schools in cultural heritage, economics, philosophy, law, arts and humanities, languages, linguistic mediation, communication, education, political science, and tourism.

The Giacomo Leopardi School for Advanced Studies offers excellent multidisciplinary teaching programmes for young and talented students. Thanks to the local Confucius Institute, the University of Macerata plays a leading role in promoting Chinese language and culture. Didactics and research are supported by the following university services: International Relations, Language Learning and Teaching, job training and guidance, Library Services and e-learning, and a multimedia and ICT center.

In 2007 the University received ISO9001 certification, and in 2015 the new full certification of global quality.

Macerata University is one out of only seven higher education institutions in Europe that in September 2009 was labeled with the unique award for quality in ICT and e-learning. The Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism significantly contributes to international research projects by virtue of its remarkable resources in e-learning, educational technology, social care, and inclusion.

Major research themes concern instructional design, environments and tools for online education, multimedia virtual environments, applications for educational purposes, mobile learning, and future learning landscapes.

There are also several national and international research projects based on the promotion of human welfare and social networks. Furthermore, there are numerous national and regional initiatives aimed at the development of inclusive cultural contexts – in cooperation with administrations, schools, educational and training institutions, families, services, and the third sector – as well as the development of research approaches of strategies for intercultural education.

Referring to the aspect of internationalization, the Department also offers a post graduate course in English in International Tourism and Destination Management that provides vocational skills in line with the current market trends and practices for sustainable and cultural tourism. The Department, characterized by its interdisciplinary scope, creates educational approaches and cross-cutting intervention logics, aiming both at a wider competence for students and at their competitive presence in the labour market.