The University of Brescia has adopted a model founded on three basic interconnected areas (teaching, research and commitment in the area) of university commitment to describe the aims and strategies for the following three years. The main intersections are:
- Innovation and competitivity (Teaching and Research);
- Orientation and Training for the area (Teaching and Commitment in the Area);
- Research and Area (Research and Commitment in the Area).
The founding values, drivers for all the work of lecturers, technical-administrative staff and students, are common to the actions of the university.
After discussions with the National University Conference of Delegates for Disability, the aim for the next three years is to draft an Inclusion Plan monitoring students’ needs considering the different aspects of university life (getting to buildings, moving in rooms and spaces, having inclusive/innovative teaching, taking part in cultural/recreational/sporting events etc.). Accessibility can be achieved through synergies adapting places and services, including courses and research.
INCLUSIVE NATURE OF THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
In the coming years, the inclusive nature, which has already conveyed a positive image of our university, should be an additional competitive resource to further improve its social reputation. Integration amplifies the academic community’s educational role within and beyond the traditional research and teaching contexts.
In harmony with the strong humanitarian drive of the social fabric in the area, our university has consciously decided to play a significant role in the sector of development co-operation with low income countries. As a result:
- a specifically dedicated rector’s mandate was set up;
- the work of the research workshop on Appropriate Technologies for Environmental Management in Developing Countries (CeTamb Lab) has been inaugurated;
- an interdisciplinary Ph.D. course was created in Appropriate Methodologies and Techniques for International Development Co-operation;
- The UNESCO Chair ‘Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries’ has been established.
Our university is a member of the following national and international networks on development co-operation:
- Sustainable Development Solution Network;
- University Development Co-operation Co-ordination (CUCS) (the 4th National Congress was organised in Brescia on 10-12 September 2015);
- Rete Italiana SAR (Scholars At Risk) (Italian SAR Network).
The purpose of our university is to trigger mechanisms able to correlate incentives for the best performances at all levels at both structure and staff levels, ensuring the full involvement of all members of the academic community (central and departmental government bodies, lecturers, executives, technical-administrative staff and students) in sharing and achieving the aims. The students in particular play a central role in university life as they are both learners and stakeholders.
Consistent with its statutory principles, values and strategic planning, as well as respect for the indications of the Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR - National Agency for the Assessment of the University and Research System) and the Ministry of Universities and Research on the self-assessment, assessment and accreditation systems of Italian universities), our university has adopted a Quality Management System in accordance with regulation UNI EN ISO 9001. As stated in our ‘Quality Policy’, the whole quality management system is oriented to supporting the dimensions set out below with co-ordination and control by the Quality Presidium in the UNIBS (PQA) and Department (PQD) units and with the aid of general management:
- innovative, quality training through the provision of student-centred courses intended for the preparation and specialisation of the various professional and scientific figures envisaged by current teaching systems;
- innovative research in various fields of knowledge, the basis of university teaching and the cultural and social development of the country;
- co-operation with national and foreign training and research institutions for the definition and creation of scientific co-operation and training programmes;
- the cultural, economic and social development of the reference area in the expectation of overall sustainability.
The University of Brescia is committed to sustainable development in its research projects, the learning programmes and activities, the construction and management of its buildings and residences, the mobility choices, and the use of energy and all natural resources. Our university undertakes to indicate and implement an organisational and management model that promotes sustainable development in all processes and develop projects for its diffusion and promotion through tangible strategies and action, aspiring to actively involve the university community and area. The Sustainable Development Plan (link) is the main co-ordination and implementation tool for the United Nations Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for our university.