1. Verona Academy’s international (EU and non-EU) strategy
The Academy’s main aim is to consolidate the agreements stipulated with six Higher Education institutions in the framework of the Erasmus Programme and to strengthen the network of contacts established through the first Intensive Programme, in which it took part in 2009-2011 (SACS – Sound Art in City Spaces, recognized as “an example of good practice to illustrate the European Year of Creativity and Innovation” in 2009), and the second Programme which has been underway since 2012 (IICS – Interdisciplinary Involvement and Community Spaces).
The Academy also aims to develop its internationalization process by selecting firms, companies, professional studios and non-academic institutions abroad, in particular in the field of restoration, product design and graphic design, including art galleries and museums of contemporary art. In this way it will be able to organize work placements and traineeships for mobile students and invite experts for special workshops and seminars.
The Academy has had contact with the following geographical areas in the framework of the Erasmus Programme: Spain (2004), Czech Republic (2007), Belgium (2009), Romania (2009), Turkey (2009), Lithuania (2011) and Sweden (2011). As a result of the afore mentioned Intensive Programmes the Academy’s contacts have also extended to enclude Higher Education institutions in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and Slovakia.
The Academy intends to increase the number of agreements with Higher Education institutions and organizations in other European countries (in particular in German-speaking countries, given the presence of German mother-tongue students from Südtirol), but also plans to develop exchange and cooperation agreements with the United States of America (where two students per year have benefited from a scholarship in an art foundation in New York since 2012 and educational trips are organized every year), Russia (thanks to Russkij Dom cultural association), Switzerland, Israel, Malta and China, following contacts currently in progress with the Academy Direction and lecturers who have often had teaching experiences as visiting professors in these countries.
The main objective of the Academy’s internationalization strategy is to increase student mobility for studies (currently 3-4 outgoing students and six incoming students per year) by involving all the Diploma Courses both in the first and second cycles and gradually introduce the student mobility for traineeship.
The Academy also intends to promote staff mobility both for teaching and training purposes. After the first experiences of incoming teachers (since 2010) and outgoing teachers (since 2011) there has been an increase in the qualitative and quantitative level of student mobility and fruitful collaboration projects have been launched (such as student and lecturer participation in international exhibitions and workshops).
2. Verona Academy’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme
First of all, the Academy undertakes to raise the qualitative level of student and staff mobility through ongoing self-assessment of activities carried out.
Secondly, it will be able to increase the number of mobile students and staff by signing new agreements also with non-European Higher Education institutions and setting up traineeships and work placements in companies and firms abroad, which has been done for more than a decade at a regional level.
It will continue to develop the international Verona Risuona project in collaboration with the Academy of Music and Theatre in Gothenburg and the Music Conservatory in Verona. This project is now in its eighth year and focuses on Sound Art in urban areas. At the same time the Academy will continue its experience of Intensive Programmes organized in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme. It will therefore be able to play an active role in the creation of a new three-year project aimed at broadening the current network of partners and applying the previously tested didactic and work strategies to new relevant situations in Europe. Topics currently shared are: urban life and multiculturalism and art as a strategy of economic re-qualification of urban areas.
Only at a second phase of the Programme will the Academy be able to participate in further international cooperation projects, in particular in the field of restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage, by enhancing professional skills of its Diploma Course of second cycle in Restoration, whose teaching staff also includes researchers involved in the Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage (TC 346) of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
3. The expected impact of Verona Academy’s participation in the Programme on the modernisation of the institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda)
With regards to the first priority of the Modernisation Agenda, the Academy commits itself to:
- reducing the dropout rate by continually and attentively monitoring the students and by applying the suggestions furnished annually by its Evaluation Commission (Nucleo di Valutazione);
- working to attract a greater cross-section of society to higher education in the field of Art, also by favouring disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.
With regards to the second priority, the Academy commits itself to:
- monitoring the occupational levels of those who have completed the 1st and 2nd cycles of study, thereby constantly evaluating our education process;
- developing the opportunities offered by ICTs, increasing the use of new technologies for virtual learning, as already experimented in a few courses;
- further developing the recruitment of teaching staff qualified in the emerging disciplines who would therefore be competent to apply new technologies to the field of Art.
With regards to the third priority, the Academy commits itself to:
- encouraging student mobility to enhance learning by favouring transnational exchanges;
- strengthening the use of ECTS and of the Diploma Supplement.
With regards to the fourth priority, the Academy commits itself to:
- implementing a partnership and collaborating with companies;
- participating in the creation of regional poles of excellence and of specialization in the areas of restoration and theatre and opera scenography;
With regards to the fifth priority, the Academy commits itself to:
- encouraging a more accurate identification of the real costs of higher education and precise guidance in spending;
- facilitating and pursuing access to other sources of funding, mobilizing private investment and alternative forms of public investment.