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According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations), over 60 percent of the world's art treasures are found in Italy, which makes the country one of the best places to study art, as well as history, architecture, and archeology. Through the centuries, the number of cultures and different architectural styles that have existed in Italy have created a unique mix unlike any other place in the world. This offers an unparalleled site from which to see into the past of not only Italy but of areas as far flung as the Far East - such as when reading and studying Marco Polo or the files of the Jesuits.
The New Italian High School System
High schools are a particular level of secondary education, also called “scuola superiore”, or upper school in Italy. It lasts five years and the average student attends between the ages of 14 and 19. In 2009 the Minister of Public Instruction, Maria Stella Gelmini approved a new law that aims at restructuring and redesigning the Italian high school system. These changes will take effect starting in the year 2010 and will bring about several changes.
Currently there are hundreds of different specializations available within the high school system. Although it was seen as a way for students to differentiate their careers, perhaps too many choices caused too much confusion. In the new system we will be left with just six main types. Let us take a look at each of the six.
Studying in Italy
Although Italy boasts some of the oldest universities in Europe [the University of Padova is one of the oldest in the world, and the third oldest in Italy (founded 1222), after the University of Bologna (1088) and University of Salerno (1173)], it is only in recent history that the education system has been streamlined to be universally recognized for their programs of study. In fact, it was established only in 1958, that you can study at private or public institutions to obtain one of three degrees: “laurea” (basic graduate degree), “laurea magistrale” (specialists degree) and “dottorato di ricerca” (PhD).
Since 2002, Italy has now acknowledged two study tracks: The “laurea triennale”, a three-year program as it’s name suggests and the “laurea breve” (the equivalent of a two year associates’ degree).
See also University Structure
Italian universities, the names and (web) addresses
This is the list of all Italian universities in each region. Inside there are the names, addresses, phone numbers and website of each university.
Università degli studi di Torino, via Verdi 8,10124 Torino, tel 011-6706111, web www.unito.it
Politecnico di Torino, corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, tel 011-5646111,web www.polito.it
Università ( University ) degli studi del Piemonte orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, via Duomo 6, 13100 Vercelli,tel 0161-261500, web www.unipmn.it
Schools and Universities, Students from around the World
Italy is known for their Italian language, art and fashion schools. There are millions of students who come to study abroad at one of Italy's well-known schools and universities. There are schools all over Italy, but the most popular spots are in the historical cities like Florence, Rome and Venice, which boast a sea location. Because of the increasing response of foreign students schools of Italian language and culture have multiplied in the last 30 years and most students are between the ages of 15 and 25. You can however find some adult students attending these schools; it is popular for married couple to attend together for a couple of months while they see the sites of Italy.
What you Need to Know
The Italian school system is offered free to all children in Italy regardless of nationality. All children are required to attend school from age six through sixteen with the compulsory age limit being raised over the next couple years. Even the public nursery schools are free with reasonable sized classes and motivated teachers. The school system has a good reputation but tends to focus on rote memorization and obedience over creativity.
Infant and Children Educational Schools
The Epochal Reggio Emilia Program
The epochal Reggio Emilia program for children up to the age of 5 is one of the most exciting developments in the world of education in our age. It may be seen as an extension of the enquiring and liberal traditions of this culturally-rich part of Northern Italy. It is used as a model by progressive educators around the world and has the potential to rival the long and abiding list of contributions to medicine and psychiatry that has distinguished Bologna in academic circles for generations. The local community has adopted this unique approach for over two decades now and the methodology is recognized as being optimal in bringing out the most creative expressions in infants and young children, whilst protecting their rights.