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Side by Side in Research and Education Challenges

News date: 
Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Trento, May 25, 2017 – the framework Agreement signed today in Povo (Trento) by the Chancellor of the University of Trento, Paolo Collini, and the President of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Francesco Profumo, at the presence of the Councillor for University and research of the Trento Province Government, Sara Ferrari, marks another step in the consolidation of activities between the University and the Foundation for joint research projects and laboratories, as well as for doctoral and master’s programs, and professional master programs.

“The academia and the scientific community,” Councillor Sara Ferrari opened, “must be by their nature permeable, open to discussion. What is happening today with the signing of this agreement proves that our two institutions are really capable of being so. Today’s step is a joint one. We are aware of this and want to act responsibly. It is a symbolic moment for the community as it helps grasp the fact that the Trento hill and all the other education and research organizations are not places like any other. They are vital places, with open doors and windows, that are interesting to the community because they are a source of exchange of views and inspiration. And they draw energy from the local communities, which are an integral part of them, also thanks to the people who make an effort to do networking. Today we are telling what has already been done and making arrangements for what will come: a work that brings strength and openness to our local area and which we now certify with this agreement. ”

‘I’m sure,’ said Francesco Profumo, ‘that if Bruno Kessler had still been among us, he would have appreciated today’s agreement. The University of Trento and Fondazione Bruno Kessler have decided to work even more jointly and formalize this in the protocol signed today, with joint projects for training, research, innovation and internationalization. This ‘Unitn-FBK model’ and the results that may derive from it in terms of the quality of graduates and research and innovation results developed, will give Trentino a greater advantage in the increasingly aggressive competition between local areas. The initial idea of ​​Bruno Kessler, who in 1962 said that Trentino could not grow only with apples but by investing in education, research and internationalization, is today more than ever present and the results are in the eyes of everyone.

“The agreement between us and the Kessler Foundation,” Paolo Collini said, “goes beyond its specific content because is inspired by the idea that our role is to unite, enhancing our diversity and putting together our similarities. It goes far beyond the specific important collaborations that are already in place or that can be imagined today, in that it is inspired by a common strategic vision of our respective roles in the research system. A vision that builds on collaboration and integration as ways to strengthen the ability to be competitive internationally in research quality, in the acquisition of funding and in the effort to translate knowledge into innovation for businesses. ”

The purpose of the agreement, which puts down in black on white the joint efforts and goals, is also to grow collaboration in other research disciplines and to start new joint procedures for dual affiliation positions. In particular, the deal defines areas of collaboration to manage the creation and development of joint research projects and laboratories with possible sharing of research infrastructures between the two institutions. A side-by-side work that, as for training, will see the launch or consolidation of joint doctorate programs and professional master degrees.

The initiatives already underway included in the agreement and which may be further strengthened in the future are numerous: from the analysis of international politics to computational science, from math to the challenge of European competition in the emerging sector of quantum technologies. Not only research, though: the agreement will also cover advanced higher education, with collaborations in research fellowships and the starting of university masters programs.

International Politics Laboratory (IP LAB)

The Laboratory for International Politics, a joint initiative of the two institutions as well, aims to create effective synergy between the main players of research in the Trentino area and to consolidate the visibility of Trentino-based research on these topics on an international scale. Started in 2016, the agreement that established the Laboratory has a duration of nine years, and can be extended. The aim of the Laboratory is to offer the community of Italian academics working on international policy issues a common reference point – not clearly identifiable in the national landscape as of yet – for the design, development and conduction of research projects on topics of high relevance (conflict resolution, peace studies, diplomacy, international cooperation). The objective of the Laboratory is therefore twofold: to maintain the extensive and consolidated network of relationships established by the exploration project in International Policy and Conflict Resolution launched in 2012 by FBK, that would enhance the investment made and continue to systematically direct to Trento the activities of Italian scholars of International Relations; on the other hand, there is the ambition to project abroad – with an ever more common and increasingly recognizable “made in Trentino” label – the work of such group of Italian specialists in international politics.

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