Promotion of International Activities
The University of Florence has undertaken a number of initiatives to increase its international dimension. Among them mention goes to the special funds set aside each year for professors and researchers to participate in EU or other international programmes and to implement cultural and scientific collaboration agreements with foreign universities.
Particularly important is the University of Florence Internationalisation Plan. It outlines the University's three-year strategic plan to internationalise its activities, for which a specific budget is allocated. Other key initiatives are the participation to the Confucius Institute of Florence and the participation to TUNE (Tuscany University Network), which promotes abroad the teaching and research activities carried out in Tuscany.
In addition, the University of Florence participates in a number of national and international research, cooperation and mobility programmes, such as British, Galileo and Vigoni Programmes as well as AXA Research Fund.
The University of Florence Internationalisation Plan
In order to increase its international dimension the University of Florence has adopted an internationalisation plan (Piano di Internazionalizzazione 2013-2015 – in Italian), recently approved by the academic governing bodies. In light of the new departmental restructuring and in line with the principle of the centrality of the departments, the current plan intends to innovate completely the concept compared to the previous plan 2010-2012.
The current plan aims at reinforcing the autonomy of the departments assigning them the task and the responsibility of designing and planning their own internationalisation initiatives while keeping within the strategic guidelines set by the University.
A special fund has been set aside for the deployment of the plan. The departments can dispose of the monies on the basis of co-financing principles, for the purpose of internationalise their activities, promote the execution of the cultural and scientific cooperation agreements signed by the Rector and increase their actions in the sector of cooperation for development.
The University of Florence Internationalisation Plan consists of four actions:
Action 1 – Attract Visiting Professors
Increase of initiatives to host academics from foreign universities for at least 30 consecutive days at the University of Florence. The programme includes the tuition of a whole course or one or more modules of a course, in under and post-graduate as well as doctoral programmes.
Action 2 – Internationalise Study Curricula
Promotes all initiatives aimed at the design and implementation of integrated curricula and the related course programmes, in accordance with current international agreements.
Action 3 – Increase Student Mobility Abroad
Initiatives aimed at implementing the mobility abroad of all categories of enrolled students in accordance with current agreements with foreign institutions. The agreements cover cultural, scientific and learning cooperation programmes.
Action 4 – Reinforce Cooperation for Development
Initiatives geared towards the execution of international cooperation projects with developing countries complying with current agreements that entail the mobility of lecturers, researchers, doctoral and specialisation students, both Italian and foreign.
The Confucius Institute is the official body for the teaching of Chinese in the world, recognized and funded by the Ministry of Education of China.
The Confucius Institute of Florence was born in March 2014 as a result of the collaboration between the University of Florence and Tongji University (Shanghai). It offers Chinese language courses at all levels.
In addition to the spread of Chinese language and culture, the Institute organizes meetings and seminars with experts from the Chinese world; events on Chinese culture; specialized courses (Chinese for business; for tourism; for children).
Tuscany University Network (TUNE)
TUNE is the network of universities in Tuscany for the promotion abroad of teaching and research activities carried out in Tuscany. The University of Florence joined TUNE in January 2013.
TUNE’s mission is to enhance and promote study and research opportunities offered by its Universities, Research Institutes and Centres as well as to develop international relations with public and private foreign universities and institutions through collaboration agreements and international student mobility.