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Promotion of International Activities

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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 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, Fulbright for exchanges with the US, DAAD for exchanges with Germany and the French-Italian University.

The University of Florence Internationalisation Plan

In order to increase its international dimension the University of Florence has adopted an internationalisation plan.

Special funds have been set aside for the deployment of this plan. The departments can dispose of the monies on the basis of co-financing principles, for the purpose of internationalising their activities, developing cultural and scientific cooperation agreements and increasing 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.

Confucius Institute

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).

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) represents German universities abroad. It is the most important institution worldwide for the promotion of mobility in the academic field. DAAD is also active in many fields of cultural policy andeducation abroad. In this regard, in Italy it is represented by 13 readers located in various universities.

The University of Florence has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst for the insertion of a DAAD exchange reader at the University of Florence, which performs its functions at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Intercultural Studies.

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 2013.

TUNE’s mission is to enhance and promote study and research opportunities offered by its Universities, Research Institutes and Centres as well as develop international relations with public and private foreign universities and institutions through collaboration agreements and international student mobility.


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