9/17/2004

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Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, 864-4963

KU, Italy university to sign exchange agreement

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway will sign an exchange agreement and memorandum of understanding with the University of Trento, Italy, at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 17, in the Spencer Research Library.

In addition to signing the agreement, four Trento faculty members -- Professor Luca Lutterotti, Engineering; Professor Nicola Lugaresi, Law; Professor Leonardo Gandini, Humanities; and Professor Carla Locatelli, Vice Rector, International Relations -- will meet with administrators and faculty during their three-day visit to begin development of projects for teaching, study abroad, and research. Locatelli will sign the agreement for the University of Trento.

The relationship began after former Consul General of Italy Enrico Granara suggested that KU and Trento collaborate. A Trento faculty member visited KU in April 2003. Diana Carlin, dean of the KU Graduate School and International Programs, visited Trento in fall 2003, and a KU delegation visited last spring.

"This is a significant agreement because it is the first we have with an Italian university. Italy is our most popular destination for Study Abroad students, and this agreement provides numerous opportunities for advanced language studies and coursework and research in a wide variety of disciplines," Carlin said.

The University of Trento is in northern Italy, with 29 degree programs for approximately 15,000 undergraduates and graduate students. It was founded in 1962 as the Social Sciences University and expanded its focus when it became a state university in 1983. This is the fourth out of five years that Trento is ranked first among universities below 20,000 students in Italy. This is the fifth year that the Faculties of Law and Engineering have been ranked number one in Italy. The Faculties of Letters, or Humanities, is rated number two in the country, according to rankings announced earlier this week.

"Trento is one of the top research universities in Italy and is rapidly gaining a prestigious reputation in the European Union, especially in engineering, law, and business. It is truly an international university with students from throughout the European Union and agreements with 60 universities throughout the world. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to collaborate with them," Carlin said.

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