Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

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The premises of Brixen

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italian: Libera Università di Bolzano, German: Freie Universität Bozen) is a university primarily located in Bolzano, Italy. It was founded on 31 October 1997 and is organized into five Faculties.

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (FUB or unibz) aims to offer students a multilingual, practice-oriented education that meets the demands of the local and the European labour market. Lectures and seminars are held in German, Italian and English.[1] The only exception is the Faculty of Education, which offers German, Italian and Ladin speaking students separate training sections. The university offers study programmes ranging from bachelor's degrees to doctorates.

The emphasis of teaching is to provide theoretically sound and practice-orientated training. A large proportion of educational activities take place as seminars, lectures given by guest speakers, practical training and workshops. Within the framework of the academic exchange program students are encouraged to spend one or more semesters at universities abroad.


Campus[edit]

The university has three campuses: at Bolzano, Brixen and Bruneck. The buildings in Bolzano were designed by the architects Matthias Bischoff and Roberto Azzola[2] of Zurich[3] and those at Brixen by Regina Kohlmeyer and Jens Oberst from Stuttgart. The latter won in 2005 the 9th architecture prize of the city of Oderzo.[4]

Rectors[edit]

The rectors of the university have been Alfred Steinherr, an economist from Luxembourg, from 1998 to 2003, the Swiss linguist Rita Franceschini, from 2004 to 2008, and the German sociologist Walter Lorenz, from 2008.[5]

School of Economics[edit]

The School of Economics and Management is based at Bozen - Bolzano and Bruneck - Brunico. It offers three bachelor and two master degree programs.

Faculty of Education[edit]

The Faculty of Education is in Brixen-Bressanone and the following courses are active:

Faculty of Computer Science[edit]

The Faculty of Computer Science is based in Bozen-Bolzano and has the following courses:

Faculty of Science and Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Science and Technology has the following active courses:

Faculty of Design[edit]

The Faculty of Design and Art offers the following courses:

European Master Programmes[edit]

The Faculty of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is very active in this way and is amongst the research centers recognized by the European Union as a leader in this program. There are three European Master Programmes in the area of computer science running in this university, under Erasmus Mundus Programme:

Studium Generale[edit]

Since 2011 there has been a Studium Generale (multidisciplinary) course, which offers a wide range of lectures in fields of general interest.[6]

Research[edit]

According to the numbers provided on the website, 275 research projects have been conducted within the university since 1998.[7]

Library[edit]

According to library ranking system issued by German library networks (BIX project) in 2009, this university has the second best library amongst German-speaking states (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Tyrol in Italy).[8]

Students activities[edit]

  • The student speakers are elected every two years, however, between two elections a petition for the representative could be announced. Student representative are members of the University Council, the Academic Senate, the Faculty Council, the Course Council, the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Didactic Joint Committee.
  • The South Tyrolean Student association is the most important South Tyrolean association for students. Beside the head office in Bozen there are seven branch offices in Austria and Italy. The sh.asus[9] was founded in 1955 as a non-profit association. It represents South Tyrolean students studying abroad and students in South Tyrol.
  • The M.U.A., Movimento Universitario Altoatesino, is an association which has been recognize by the Free Province of Bozen-Bolzano and has been founded in the 1993. Its principal purposes are "to defend and ease the right to study of the students and the working students of the university" and "to organize conferences, debatings, conventions, cultural, social and university seminar". The association operates in Bozen-Bolzano and promotes the project WEBZ, "the first web-tv of South-Tyrol made by youngs for youngs."
  • Kikero is a cultural association, which has been founded in 2000 and organizes activities such as the debating club and the movie nights. Furthermore, Kikero is also responsible for the university magazine "Kflyer".
  • SCUB, Sports Club University Bozen - Bolzano, is the students´ association that mainly deals with sports activities and that organizes every year the SNOWDAYS, Europe’s biggest wintersport event for students from all over Italy and the EU. SCUB comprises also the UniParty team, which is in charge of throwing university parties for unibz students.
  • A further student association is the Bozen – Bolzano local committee AIESEC, which organizes international exchange programmes to permit university students to get in touch with the working world.
  • PRO – Students for Business also encourages students to connect with the working environment through the enhancement of economic and business activities.
  • The most recent student association is the Alumni Club that comprises graduates of the Free University of Bozen – Bolzano.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hans Karl Peterlini & Hannes Obermair (eds), Universitas Est. Essays and documents on the history of education in Tyrol/South-Tyrol, 2 Vol. [10] (Bozen-Bolzano University Press, Raetia Verlag, Bozen/Bolzano 2008), ISBN 978-88-7283-316-2
  • Klaus Kempf, Franz Berger, The Library as a Service Point. The Case of the Bozen University Library: Planning, Building, Financing, in «Liber Quarterly», 10, 2000, pp. 108–116.[11] (Download PDF 52 KB)
  • Universitätsreden an der Freien Universität Bozen / Discorsi d'ateneo alla Libera Università di Bolzano / Public Talks at the Free University of Bozen, 6 voll., Bolzano, Bozen-Bolzano University Press, 2005-ss. ISBN (ISSN) 2494716-7
  • List of universities in Italy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nickenig, Christoph. "Perspektiven der Sprachausbildung an einer mehrsprachigen Universität." Bi- and Multilingual Universities: European Perspectives and Beyond. Conference Proceedings Bolzano-Bozen, 20-22 September 2007
  2. ^ Progetti delle tre sedi
  3. ^ Christine Plieger-De Biasi, Thomas Simma, Freie Universität Bozen – Libera Universita di Bolzano – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The Architecture Competition for the Main Site, Vienna-Bolzano, Folio, 1998. ISBN 978-3-85256-105-9
  4. ^ IX Premio architettura Oderzo
  5. ^ "Lub, Lorenz è il rettore. Con 6 voti batte Fedrizzi". 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  6. ^ STOL: Parte lo Studium Generale
  7. ^ Mission and numbers
  8. ^ "The library ranking according to BIX Project"
  9. ^ sh.asus | Südtiroler Hochschülerschaft | associazione studenti universitari sudtirolesi. Asus.sh (2013-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Open Access Digizeitschriften

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Coordinates: 46°29′53″N 11°20′58″E / 46.49806°N 11.34944°E / 46.49806; 11.34944