Telecommunications are a major component of the so-called ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), together with Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Computer Science. Someone sometimes says that "Telecommunications are something in between Electronics (hardware) and Computer Science (software)". This is false. Telecommunications are about both hardware and software, and integrate them.
Telecommunications (from the Greek prefix tele- (-) = "far", and the Latin verb communico which comes from cum = "with" and munus = "gift") include all activities related to the transmission and processing of informationover distances with the purpose of communication. Wireless and fiber communications are the two mostly used means for transmission of information.
Telecommunications are pervasive, with applications to all sectorsof modern society (health, environment, energy production, etc) and everyday objects (cities, buildings, civil infrastructures, cars, etc). The Telecommunications are a field of application of three major disciplines: Electrical and Electronics Engineering, bridging the physical world with the communication devices; Computer Science, dealing with software languages, content and applications used and processed by communication devices; Advanced Mathematics, which allow formalisation of complex problems, communication systems and networks.
Telecommunications are built on top of these three disciplinary pillars, realising the link between the physical world (which connects remote devices) and information (transmitted, and processed by devices).
Telecommunications Engineering therefore is not a sub-space of other disciplines, rather it makes use of them to realise higher goals; this requires a broader view and a multi-disciplinary approach.
The study programme is divided into the following curricula:
"Communications networks, systems and services (English language)"
Entrance to this program is granted to applicants that comply, first, with the curriculum requirements and, second, with the necessary prior preparation. If the curriculum requirements are not complied with, the access to the Telecommunications Engineering Program is denied. If the curriculum requirements are complied with, the applicant's prior preparation is checked. Entrance is granted if all requirements are fulfilled. The procedure to verify the curriculum requirements and prior preparation are listed below in short.
For the applicants that have a foreign University degree, the fulfilment of the curriculum requirements is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Telecommunications Engineering Board (“ Consiglio di Corso di Laurea in Ingegneria delle Telecomunicazioni ”).
Checking the adequacy of the applicant's prior preparation
For all applicants that comply with the curriculum requirements, the verification of the applicants prior preparations is performed on a case-by-case basis by the Telecommunications Engineering Board.
The University of Bologna offers Unibo Action 2 study grants to deserving international students, who wish to register for Second Cycle Degree Programmes in A.Y. 2014/2015.
The grants, worth € 11,000 gross, are assigned on the basis of the GRE (Revised General Test) test scores. Read the full information on the requirements and the application procedure in the call for applications, available on the website of the University of Bologna.
The deadline to apply for these grants is March 31st, 2014.