UNICA Student Conference “Towards a Student-Centred University”

Dal 4 all’8 ottobre 2017 le quattro università pubbliche di Roma – Sapienza, Tor Vergata, Roma Tre e Foro Italico – ospiteranno oltre 200 studenti stranieri provenienti da 37 Atenei di 30 Paesi europei in occasione della UNICA STUDENT CONFERENCE ” Towards a Student-Centred University”. UNICA (http://www.unica-network.eu/) è un network di 46 università delle capitali europee che promuove l’eccellenza e la cooperazione universitaria attraverso incontri, gruppi di lavoro e progetti internazionali.

Nel pomeriggio del 4 ottobre, l’evento si aprirà presso Sapienza con il saluto dei quattro Rettori romani e di un rappresentante degli Studenti. I lavori proseguiranno con un intervento di un rappresentante della Commissione Europea che parlerà dello “Stato dell’Unione” facendo seguito all’importante recente discorso del Presidente Juncker. Verranno quindi proiettati i video preparati dalle diverse delegazioni studentesche e si procederà alla premiazione di uno di essi.

Nei giorni successivi, presso le università di Tor Vergata, Roma Tre e Foro Italico, gli studenti si divideranno in gruppi di lavoro per discutere dei seguenti temi:

1 – Quality of Higher Education

  • How to improve the quality of the learning experience? (European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA)
  • Evaluation of learning instruments (Quality Committee)
  • High quality universities with low fees: Is it possible?

2 – Student-Centred Learning

  • Concept of “Student-Centred Learning”
  • Benefits of innovative learning for teachers and students
  • Challenges of innovative learning for teachers and students

3 – New ways of teaching and learning

  • Learning in the digital era: E-learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Innovation and Education: Can universities nurture the creativity of students?

4 – Fostering access to Higher Education

  • Importance of diverse classrooms
  • Student services
  • HousErasmus+: What are the challenges international students and trainees face when looking for accommodation abroad and how to improve the situation

5 – Student Mobility

  • Barriers for student mobility: Visas and socio-economic issues
  • How to choose the university to study at: Are the international rankings used by students?
  • European and international mobility for study or traineeships under the Erasmus+ programme: Benefits and challenges

6 – Recognition

  • Recognition of credits and conversion of the grades for exchange studentsEGRACONS: European GRAde CONversion System http://egracons.eu/
  • PRIME: Problems of Recognition In Making Erasmus https://esn.org/prime
    Recognition of titles for degree seeking students (Lisbon Convention)

7 – Employability of students

  • Cooperation with enterprises for the continuous improvement of education and employability of Students
  • Impact of students’ international mobility on their employability
  • Hard and soft skills: Are European universities helping students to develop both?

8 – Greener Universities

  • Greener universities: The role of students
  • SAVES project: Putting students at the heart of an energy-efficient Europe http://saves.nus.org.uk/
  • WE ARE PARIS project

9 – Integration of refugees: What can universities do?

  • How to overcome language barriers as an international student?
  • Refugee crisis: Can universities do more?
  • The importance of cross-cultural understanding

10 – The Future of Europe

  • Unity and diversity in Europe: The challenge of multiculturalism
  • Student mobility and the enlargement of the European Union
  • Europe’s political future

Sabato 7 ottobre, i rappresentanti di ciascun forum studentesco presenteranno i risultati raggiunti in forma di action plans e il Presidente della Rete UNICA procederà alla premiazione di due di essi.

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