Unione degli Universitari – UdU is a confederation of students’ associations that are active in the most important universities of Italy. Every year around 10.000 students join UdU, becoming part of the students’ syndicate.
UdU was founded in 1994 by local student unions in Italy that wanted to have a common viewpoint on national issues. The choice of the model of the Students’ Union was based on the idea of the centrality of the student, recognized as an individual with its own specific identity and necessities, separated and autonomous from the family.
UdU is fighting for students’ rights and the social recognition of students; UdU is fighting every day to create a system where Higher Education is accessible for everybody, against the numerous clauses and against economic discrimination, with better life conditions for those who study and with a system of democracy and representation .
UdU runs for local and national elections for students’ representatives and counts a high number of elected in every University at every level and has the majority and the presidency of the National Council of Students.
But UdU is also culture and fun: concerts, magazines, festivals and summer camp. From the battles in the official representative bodies to the help in students’ everyday life, going through bureaucracy, health assistance, housing, parties and cultural events, UdU is the Italian Students’ Union.
The European University Institute (EUI) is a unique international center for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research, situated in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence.
Following its establishment in 1972 by the six founding members of the then European Communities, The EUI opened its doors to the first researchers in November 1976 and has since then earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus.
The four departments – Economics, History and Civilization, Law, and Political and Social Sciences – host a community of more than 1000 scholars from more than 60 countries, studying for the Institution’s doctorate or the one-year master in law.
The doctoral programmes are well-structured and departments are committed to high levels of faculty-researcher interaction. The EUI faculty is composed of internationally recognised scholars from some of the finest universities in Europe and beyond, and their expertise covers a wide range of teaching and research topics.
The EUI offers excellent career prospects for its researchers and fellows. 71% of its graduates go on to careers in academia or research (universities and research centres), 15% play a role in the international arena by joining European Institutions and international organizations (ECB, European Commission, European Parliament, IMF only to cite those with the highest number of EUI graduates), while 14% develop their careers in the private sector and in national public authorities.
The EUI’s distinctly international environment offers unique academic training, enriches the intellectual experience and provides exceptional opportunities for academics across disciplines and borders.
The EUI is home to The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, which conducts inter-disciplinary, comparative, and policy research on integration, governance and democracy, regulating markets and governing money, and 21st Century World Politics and Europe; and the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies, the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe, which provides advanced training to young academics from around the world.
The Historical Archives of the European Union, located on the EUI campus in Villa Salviati, is a valuable resource for scholars interested in European integration. It conserves documents produced by the European Institutions and private archives deposited by individuals, associations or organisations involved in the process of European integration.
The EUI departments and centres are housed in 14 historic buildings scattered about the hillside which have undergone extensive renovation in recent years.
Heads of states, leading politicians and professors are regular speakers at the EUI, as part of the Institute’s long-established programme of conferences, workshops and summer schools.
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