In 1959 the then mayor of Verona, Giorgio Zanotto, began creating the University of Verona in the footsteps of the group of intellectuals led by Guido Gonella. Beginning with the Free Faculty of Economics and Commerce, followed by the Consortium for University Studies to manage the faculty, the university became autonomous and nationally recognised in 1982.
The University of Verona has 12 departments grouped into four main disciplinary areas: Law and Economics, Humanities, Life and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering. The universityoffers 60 Bachelor, Master and short advanced study courses, four PhD Schools, 41 medical postgraduate specialisation courses and one postgraduate specialisation for law. In addition, it has introduced new Master’s programmes run entirely in English. Chinese has been added as a new language option for the Bachelor degree in Languages and Cultures for Tourism andInternational Commerce.
There are four PhD Schools covering the broad areas of Law and Economics, Humanities, Life and Health Sciences, and Engineering and Natural Sciences. Together, these four Schools offer 14 PhD programmes plus three joint university PhD programmes. There are 600 PhD students currently enrolled in the 2015-2016 academic year and the university has 110 three-year scholarships available. There are also 49 co-tutoring agreements with European and non-European universities and numerous international collaboration opportunities for PhD students to spend time abroad and possibly gain a joint qualification.
The university organises meetings between companies and students, work guidance initiativesand much more, all supported by the internships office which offers dedicated services (including individual CV writing consultations) to help students and graduates find their professional pathway. The university keeps in touch with its alumni through a Placement Newsletter, where job offers, work guidance activities and graduate internships are advertised. According to the Almalaurea university consortium, 82% of University of Verona graduates have some form of paid work, compared to the national average of 67% and the regional average of 77%.
The university has a dedicated team available to help international students who wish to enrol at the University of Verona, providing assistance such as advice before arriving on which documents are necessary to apply for a study visa, information on accommodation and how to book it, Orientation Days and free Italian language classes. In the 2016-2017 academic year, under the Buddy Programme international students coming from outside Europe will also have their own university student ‘guide’. During their stay in Verona, international students can make use of a free, personalised service to help them with the process of obtaining their stay permit and health insurance.
Students may choose to stay in a university residence or share a private apartment with other students. University residences offer mainly double and triple rooms at competitive rates. In private apartments, on the other hand, located mainly in the university area, there is a greater availability of single rooms. In Verona there are also private colleges which offer accommodation to university students at reduced prices. For international students, all of these types of accommodation are available and they will receive the necessary assistance in requesting the type of accommodation that best suits their needs, preferences and financial circumstances.
The Verona university library network extends over the Humanities, Economics and Law campusand the Medicine, Science and Technology Campus. It comprises two central libraries and a number of department libraries. Of note is the brand new Santa Maria library, equipped with new technological systems for managing the loans and surveillance of the open library.
The University of Verona has various computer rooms available for students and there is free, secure wifi coverage in all the main campus areas. The university uses an e-learning platform with innovative methods to encourage, create and develop online learning projects related to the courses offered.
Italy has a public health system called the National Health Service. For foreign citizens, whether from EU or non-EU countries, subscribing to this service guarantees them equal health assistance to that of Italian citizens. The University of Verona offers assistance and guidance so that international students can access an extremely flexible service in line with their specific requirements.
Classes take place in numerous sites around the city. Recently, the new Santa Marta campus opened. A former Austrian bakery, this building complex was architecturally restored and is now home to the Department of Business Administration, Department of Economics and part of the Department of Law, as well as the new Economics Library. In summer, several intensive courses are run in the Dolomite valley of Alba di Canazei. The university is also very attentive to the needs of students with disabilities and all campus teaching facilities are accessible by wheelchair.
Sports activities for University of Verona students are offered through a collaboration with theExercise Science area and CUS Verona. The initiatives provide an ideal opportunity to implement all the aims of modern university education – uniting the practice of sport with teaching and also research. Students can choose from a range of sports such as light athletics, 5-a-side football, rugby union, basketball, canoeing, triathlon and ultimate Frisbee, as well as fitness classes, dance, yoga and pilates. Activities take place in various places: the Exercise Science campus, Palazzetto Gavagnin in Borgo Venezia, Veronetta and the Manuel Fiorito multisport complex in Borgo Roma.
The university encourages cultural, recreational and sports activities for its students by providing funding and supporting student association initiatives. Some of the main active associations at the university are: FuoriAulaNetwork (the university’s web radio station), Ase –Esn (Erasmus Students’ Association), PASS (the University of Verona’s student-managed magazine) and the university choir. There is also CUS Verona, the university sports centre, which promotes competitive and amateur sports activities for university students and organises local, national and international sports events.
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