The University of Bergamo has taken part in the Marco Polo Project with the aim of strengthening academic co-operation between Italy and the People’s Republic of China regarding exchange schemes for students, undergraduates, researchers and those involved in stages.
The project is the result of collaboration between CRUI (Conferenze of the Italian Universities Rectors) and Confindustria (The Federation of Industry) in order to create a permanent relationship between Italy and China.
CRUI is going to set up two offices, one in China and one in Italy, to co-ordinate the operations referring to anyone interested in exchanges: students, undergraduates, researchers, those involved in stages, those universities taking part in the project, companies involved in the project, diplomatic representatives, relative ministries and so on.
The project will consist of four main areas:
At present consisting of seven Departments (School of Engineering - Foreign Languages, Literatures and Communication Studies - Human and Social Sciences - Law - Letters and Philosophy - Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods) Bergamo University offers a wide variety of opportunities for training and research through its 14 three-year degree courses, 3 five-year degree courses, and 18 two-year specialization courses in a variety of subjects ranging from Computer engineering, to Tourism management, from Business Administration and Management to Education sciences, from Psychology to Business law. A large choice is also offered as regards Research doctorates, first and second level Master's degree courses, courses aimed at specialization or certification, and refresher courses.
In close collaboration with businesses in the Lombardy area, and keeping in mind the economic situation here, Bergamo University has set up training courses and research projects aimed at satisfying the requirements of companies and local institutions, so as to guarantee a constant and necessary updating of the skills of professionals and managers. This is thanks to the many agreements reached allowing the provision of stages and traineeships, both for students and researchers, very often within the companies taking part in these schemes.
The University of Bergamo, with the largest number of exchange study schemes abroad for both students and researchers, is one of the key reference points at European level for the teaching of foreign languages and this facilitates the introduction of foreign students into its teaching programmes thanks to the introduction of English language courses into many Research doctorate courses and Master's courses in the Engineering and Economics departments. A very important role is played by the CIS - Italian Language Courses for Foreigners which offers foreigners courses of both Italian language and culture at various levels.